Girl, 14, seriously injured in hit-and-run crash

SALEM, Ore. - A 14-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Salem Friday night.

It happened in the intersection of Lancaster Drive SE and Durbin Avenue at around 7:45 p.m., according to Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Don Thomson.

A pickup truck driver accelerated though the intersection to try to beat a red light when the truck hit Kathryn Staudinger. She was crossing Lancaster Drive with a girlfriend, who avoided being hit by the truck.

The crosswalk had a "walk" signal when the two girls were crossing the street, Thomson said.

"My brother was actually driving after he saw the car had hit her and taken off," said Virginia Ruiz, who lives near the intersection. "He slammed on his breaks and helped her. And there were people around and she kept saying she's cold. People kept taking off their jackets to cover her up."

Staudinger was taken to a Salem hospital, and later moved to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

"I'm in disbelief," said Ruiz. "I can't believe somebody would actually do that to a child and just continue to go."

The driver of the pickup truck continued driving northbound on Lancaster after hitting Staudinger. Witnesses described the truck as a 1980s model Ford F150. Different witnesses described the color as light brown, tan or possibly rusty. The truck had been lifted and had loud exhaust pipes, Thomson said. It should have right front damage.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Deputy Stacy Rejaian at 503-576-0651.