Student injured in Providence hit-and-run
Providence police said a teenager suffered back and neck injuries when she was struck by a minivan that took off.
Alyssa Guzman was struck near the corner of Dorrance and Westminster streets at about 8:20 a.m. Monday.
Guzman's mother said her daughter was struck while on her way to school. Vicky Guzman said the driver rolled down the window and said something to her daughter before leaving the scene.
The 15-year-old was wearing blue scrubs and a bright pink and black backpack when she was struck. She is studying to become a pediatric nurse at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Charter High School.
Alyssa Guzman takes to two buses from her home to school in downtown Providence.
"Alyssa knows that I drive a school van for the day care in the morning when she's on her way to school, so I can't take phone calls. She knows that. And I've told her, 'Only for emergencies do you call me on my cell at that hour because I'm doing the bus route.' So, I missed the call, but I pulled over to check the message because when I saw that it was her that had called, I knew something was wrong. I knew it. And so I called her right back," Vicky Guzman said.
"And when the phone picked up, all I could hear was yelling and screaming, and you know, 'Call 911! Call 911.' I said, you know, 'Alyssa what happened? What's going on?' She said, 'Mommy, a car hit me. A car hit me.' And that's when I just lost it," she said.
The victim, police and witnesses said the person driving the vehicle that hit Alyssa Guzman drove away.
Alyssa Guzman said the driver was about 40 years old with dark skin and a heavy foreign accent and that he was driving a tan minivan.
The 10th grader told NBC 10 the pedestrian accident happened while the driver was making a right hand turn. But before he drove away, the driver had a message for her.
"He actually rolled down his window, and he said, 'Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Make sure you watch where you're crossing next time.' And then he pulled off," Alyssa Guzman said.
The 10th grader was in stable condition at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
"To whoever did this? I mean, where is the humanity? Like, this is a child going to school. She's wearing scrubs, a huge heavy backpack pink and black. How could you not stop and check if she's OK? You know? 'Can I call 911 for you,' you know? Where is the humanity? I don't understand," Vicky Guzman said.
Providence police asked anyone with information about the driver or the crash to call them.