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10-year-old injured in hit-and-run

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The hit-and-run happened at 8:50 a.m. at 1566 South Orleans Street, near Lincoln Elementary School. The hit-and-run happened at 8:50 a.m. at 1566 South Orleans Street, near Lincoln Elementary School.
MEMPHIS, TN -

 (WMC-TV) - A 10-year-old was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital after being hit by a car Thursday morning. According to police, the person driving the car took off following the accident.

The hit-and-run happened at 8:50 a.m. at 1566 South Orleans Street, near Lincoln Elementary School.

Witnesses say the driver of a gray Nissan Maxima left the scene heading southbound on South Orleans Street. Police are still searching for the driver.

Parents say they are not surprised by what happened, given how dangerous the street can get before and after school.

Thursday morning, Desiree Moneyham heard what she has been fearing would happen for a long time.

"I noticed there was a big, loud thump, so I just jumped out of my car, ran to the young man, asked a parent that was right here to go into the school and call 911," she said. "The car kept going. It almost hit a Memphis city pickup truck there when it turned."

Witnesses say the man in the car was there to drop some kids off at the school. He then turned around and drove against traffic, something that parents say happens a lot.

"It's just getting ridiculous," said Moneyham. "We have cars shoot through here when the children are going to school and when they are coming out."

School leaders put up a bright, orange blockade, in hopes of telling drivers not to drive down the road.

"It's great, it's a wonderful thing, but we have to ask that the parents respect the fact that the road block is there," said another parent, Patience Maxwell.

In the meantime, parents will continue to fight for change in traffic enforcement as they encourage drivers to slow down.

"We just have to watch out for our children," said Moneyham.

The PTA president says they will bring up the issues at an emergency PTA meeting next Wednesday. They hope to get parents together to volunteer before and after school, as well as talk with city leaders about getting a one-way sign on the street during school hours.

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