Driver sought after bicyclist injured in hit-and-run

A 12-year-old suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a small red hatchback this morning, officials say.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 12-year-old bicyclist suffered minor injuries this morning when he was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision at Valley Chapel and Frog Hollow roads.

Officials with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office are asking for information from anyone who might know of the involvement of a small red hatchback vehicle that reportedly stopped after striking the child around 7:30 a.m. and then left the scene.

Capt. Bill White said the driver apparently knew what happened because the vehicle skidded to a stop at the scene before taking off.

Walla Walla Fire District 4 transported the child, whose name was not immediately available this morning, to a local hospital. Details about his condition were not available, but White characterized the injuries as minor and not life-threatening. The boy was wearing a helmet, he said.

White said the vehicle was eastbound on Frog Hollow when it collided with the child. The morning sun may have been a factor in the visibility, he added. The car is not likely to have much damage given the condition of the bicycle. White said the impact may have been more of a glancing blow. No bits or pieces were left at the scene from the car, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office during regular hours at 524-5400. For after-hours calls, dial dispatch at 527-1960.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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