Girl struck by car, thrown 45 feet in North Seattle

SEATTLE -- A 7-year-old girl crossing a North Seattle street with her family was injured Friday morning when she was struck by a car driven by an elderly man and tossed 45 feet, fire officials said.

Despite the apparent severity of the impact, the girl is expected to survive, said Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a few bumps and bruises and to be checked for any internal injuries.

The girl was in the crosswalk just after 9 a.m. with her mother and sister at the intersection of Greenwood Ave. N and N. 130th Street when the crash occurred. Medics arrived to find the girl was conscious and crying but didn't have any obvious major injuries, Moore said.

The driver continued south on Greenwood after striking the girl.

The girl's mother and sister were not hurt, nor was the driver.

Seattle police say their preliminary investigation indicates that the elderly man driving the car was not impaired. However, results of a drug and alcohol test are pending.

Police continue to investigate.