Community Holds Benefit for Young Hit and Run Victim

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CLEVELAND -- Family and friends of a young hit and run victim held a benefit in her honor Wednesday.

Katie Adkins, 12, was crossing the street at the corner of West 31st and Denison in Cleveland when she was struck by a black SUV in September. Witnesses say the 7th grader at Brooklyn Middle School flew several feet after being hit, and she was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center in serious condition.

Adkins couldn’t talk because her jaw is wired shut and she doesn’t remember the accident.

She also had two breaks on her pelvis, two breaks to her jaw, a bruised spleen, her femur was cut in half and she was very badly bruised.

Now that Adkins is out of the hospital, community members are raising money to help cover medical costs. So far hundreds has been collected through donations and the benefit, which featured a dinner and auction.

There is also fund set up to help with medical bills at Third Federal Bank under Katie Adkins.

Authorities are still looking for the driver of the black SUV, which may have significant damage to the front and windshield. Anyone with information regarding the accident should contact Cleveland police.

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