According to an incident report obtained from the Easley Police Department, police responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Highway 123 near Firehouse Subs. On arrival, the officer saw a child wrapped in a blanket in the southbound lane of traffic.
Officers learned that the girl had been struck by two vehicles, the report stated.
Witnesses say the girl was struck after she began crossing the highway, the report said.
After being struck by the first vehicle, witnesses said the girl was then run over by a second vehicle.
The driver of the first vehicle told officers he didn’t realize he had struck a person and pulled over immediately to see what he’d hit, the report said.
The second vehicle did not stop, the report stated.
The girl was only wearing pajamas and was barefoot, according to the report.
Though in pain, the girl was able to respond to officers’ questions. She said she’d gone outside to see a house with “pretty Christmas lights.” She did not know why she was out on the highway, the report said.
She was transported by ambulance to Greenville Memorial Hospital. At the hospital, the girl’s mother told police she had gone outside to take out the trash after checking on other relatives and that the child had slipped out during that time, the report said.
After searching her neighborhood for the girl for several minutes, the mother returned to her home to put on shoes and socks. It was then that she heard ambulance sirens and arrived on the scene as her daughter was being loaded to the ambulance, the report said.
The girl is still being treated at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Maj. Tim Tollison with the Easley Police Department said.
A person possibly connected to the second car has come forward, Tollison said, but police are still investigating.
Tollison said it’s too early to say if charges will be brought against either driver, as the accident is still under investigation.