GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) – Police say a 19-month-old girl struck by a car in Gastonia last week is in critical condition at Levine Children’s Hospital. A GoFundMe page was set up for 21-month-old Riley Bradley by her sister.
The hit-and-run happened around 11 a.m. last Wednesday in the 1400 block of Westbrook Circle. Bradley was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center, then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center before being moved to Levine.
“I heard a loud noise,” neighbor Rebeca Carhoff said. “That sounded like a gunshot from the street.” Carhoff then looked out her window to see what was going on.
Moments later, she learned Bradley was hit and that the car didn’t stop.
“She was unconscious,” Carhoff said. “She had a large head wound, part of her scalp, but she was alive.”
It didn’t take long for Gastonia police to locate the car and the driver believed to be involved around the corner from the accident scene. The car was towed away. A neighbor’s dashcam camera was rolling at the time of the hit and run and caught the car in the neighborhood moments before the accident.
“Anytime a child is hit it’s very tragic. It’s very stressful for the family involved,” Gastonia Police Captain Mike Lari said. “So our hearts go out to the child and the family.”
Police say the Riley’s mother was busy inside the house when the 19-month-old wandered off. They are still investigating and asking questions as to how that happened.
They have questioned the driver of the car and say charges are expected. Police believe the driver is not a flight risk.
Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call police.
“She has 2 broken bones in her skull and a possible broken collar bone. She’s had a total of 5 surgeries in the past 24 hours. All together focusing on her kidneys, liver, a major artery, swelling of the brain, and the latest surgery was a spinal fusion, ” Riley’s sister Savana Bradley posted on the GoFundMe page.
The family is accepting donations for medical support. Donations can be made here.