ELLENTON -- Video obtained by the Florida Highway Patrol shows a 12-year-old girl running into a car near a school bus stop in Ellenton at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. The driver left before authorities arrived, according to FHP.
The incident was initially reported as a hit-and-run but investigators obtained video surveillance from a homeowners association Wednesday showing what happened when the student got off the bus and crossed Covered Bridge Crossing.
The student suffered minor injuries, according to FHP
The video shows the girl running into a black Toyota Camry, which had passed a van that had stopped for a school bus.
Trooper Kenn Watson said the Camry driver stopped for a few seconds and the child ran off, but the video doesn't show whether the driver lowered the window to ask the girl if she was OK.
"The driver should have stayed on scene, and the driver should have avoided making that pass of the van that was directly in front," Watson said. "That's probably why they didn't see the child running into the roadway."
The Camry driver essentially drove into the bike lane to get around the van, he added. Investigators will use the video as they determine whether to file charges of leaving the scene of the crash or illegal passing.
Watson said they are asking the driver to do the right thing and come forward.
"Just based on the fact that the child hit your vehicle, the parents were not there and law enforcement wasn't there, you have to remain on scene until we get there," Watson said. "Call us, let us know you were the one involved, tell us if you spoke to the child and the child said: 'I'm OK.'"
The vehicle might have had a Florida tag of 8120KS. Anyone with information on the driver or vehicle can call FHP at 941-751-7647.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.