Woman charged after admitting she hit child with minivan in Arlington

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ARLINGTON, Tenn.  — A 48-year-old woman was charged after county deputies say she hit a child with her minivan in Arlington and then fled the scene.

According to deputies, the 11-year-old was hit on Evening Mist Drive around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 30. The female driver got out of the car, asked if the boy was okay and then sped away, driving right through a stop sign.

Thursday, the sheriff's department said Pennie Perry of Arlington was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury after she contacted the department and admitted to the crime.

Neighbor Larry Myers lives just feet from where police say the hit-and-run happened.

"A person that leaves the scene of an accident, especially after hitting a child, should face justice," he said.

The victim was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital but is expected to be okay.

The driver was reportedly in a white minivan with black rails on the roof.

Deputies said they believe she lives in the area.

"I'm glad the child wasn't seriously injured, because the person would have that on their conscience," Myers said.

His grandchildren ride bikes in the neighborhood, and he thinks this could have easily been one of them so he's all in to help. He and others have teamed up to try and help police catch whoever left the 11-year-old in distress.

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