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Teen girl critical after Lakewood hit-and-run

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
hit and run

Police are looking for the driver who ran down a 17-year-old girl in a crosswalk on Sunday night in Lakewood, New Jersey.

The victim, Jenifer Gavilanez of Lakewood, remains in critical condition after emergency brain surgery.

Witnesses told police that Gavilanez was trying to cross Kennedy Boulevard at Clifton Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle around 7:30 p.m.

Based on evidence from the scene, police believe they are looking for a tan or light colored 2006 or 2007 Jeep Liberty.

Those witnesses also told police the vehicle, which had a green light, continued going eastbound on Kennedy after the impact.

Police say the vehicle likely has damage on the passenger side, a broken turn signal and a passenger side mirror that maybe hanging off or has broken glass.

Anyone with information should contact the Lakewood Police at 732-363-0200.

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