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Authorities: Girl hit by taxi, suffers broken leg
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A man comforts a woman as she weeps outside a Hall County Fire Services ambulance Thursday, April 12, 2018, along Holland Street after a child was struck by a vehicle. The woman was allowed to ride in the ambulance front seat as it left the scene. - photo by Scott Rogers

A 4-year-old girl was hit by a taxi and suffered a broken leg on Thursday, April 12, on Holland Street south of Gainesville, authorities said.

Witnesses said the girl, who was not identified, was playing near the road when a Georgia Taxi was driving westward down Holland Street from the direction of Dorsey Street about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said they lost sight of the girl, who was trying to retrieve a ball near the road, when they heard the brakes of the taxi snap into effect.

The girl was transported by Hall County Fire Services and flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment and additional assessment, according to Hall County Fire Services spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett.

She had just turned 4, said Jessica Jara, 17, who lives on the street and was in the area when the girl was hit by the taxi.

The child was shocked by the impact and her legs looked scratched and damaged, Jara said, but the girl only began to cry when her mother ran to her side.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Georgia State Patrol responded to the incident.

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