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Police looking for car involved in hit-and-run in south side of Elkhart

Elkhart Police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run Saturday.

Posted on Aug. 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 17, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

ELKHART — Police are looking for a driver that almost hit two children after speeding and running a red light Saturday evening.

The Elkhart police and fire departments were dispatched at about 5:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, to Lusher Avenue and Prairie Street.

Sgt. Travis Snider of the Elkhart Police Department said two children riding a bicycle on Prairie were attempting to cross Lusher Avenue when a black car going west on Lusher Avenue struck the front tire of the bicycle.

Snider said one of the children was sitting on the handlebars of the bike, but both were OK.

Mary Gratz, a witness at the scene, said she saw the black car speeding and running a red light before hitting the bike’s front tire. The car did not stop afterward.

Gratz was riding an SUV going south on Prairie Street that had stopped at the intersection with Lusher.

“Another second and we would have been hit by the car,” she said. “Or those kids would be dead.”

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