TRAFFIC

Two vehicles fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident that left a child in the hospital Sunday afternoon, according to the Killeen Police Department.

In a news release issued Sunday, police Cmdr. Alex Gearheart said officers responded to calls of a crash about 12:12 p.m. in the 800 block of Jeffries Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found a 5-year-old boy who had been struck by a vehicle that subsequently fled the scene, according to the release.

“Witnesses reported that a late-model silver Dodge Charger with black diagonal stripes on the side was traveling southbound on Jeffries when it struck the child,” the release said. “After striking the boy, the Charger stopped for a moment a couple of houses down.”

Witnesses also said a red Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger that appeared to be traveling with the Charger stopped alongside the vehicle and, after a few minutes, both cars fled the scene going south.

The boy was transported to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple by a Killeen Fire Department ambulance.

According to the release, the severity of the child’s injuries are unknown, but they appear to be serious.

The crash is being investigated by the KPD Traffic Unit. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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