Child hit by car while crossing street in Mill City, woman arres - KPTV - FOX 12

Child hit by car while crossing street in Mill City, woman arrested

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Natasha Bodda, courtesy LCSO Natasha Bodda, courtesy LCSO
MILL CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A 10-year-old girl was struck by a car while she was in a crosswalk in Mill City Thursday, deputies said.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said it received a 911 call to its dispatch center at 6:30 p.m. on the report of a child being struck by a vehicle on Broadway Street near 3rd Street.

The sheriff’s office said deputies learned a 10-year-old Mill City girl was on her way to a school book fair when she was hit by a 2005 Dodge Caravan.

Cora Nordmo was the driver who called 911. She said she had seen the little girl waiting to cross the street and noticed the funny hat the child was wearing.

“She must have been walking out into the crosswalk, and that’s when she got hit,” Nordmo told FOX 12. “So I looked back and just saw the hat in the road.”

Nordmo said she stayed with the girl, trying to calm her down despite this child's injuries.

“I told her, at least she’ll get to miss school for a little while, and she was upset because she said she really likes school,” she said.

The driver of the Dodge, identified as 20-year-old Natasha Marie Lynn Bodda of Mill City, attempted to leave the scene, according to witnesses.

Tom Clay was on his motorcycle right behind the minivan, and he told FOX 12 his first instinct was to help the little girl before he saw the van leave the scene.

“I was about ready to get off my motorcycle, but then I looked up and I saw the van take off,” he said. “And so it was a split second thing to chase the van.”

Clay chased after Bodda, catching up with her several blocks away from the crash.

“I said, ‘You just ran over a kid!’  and she said, ‘I just ran over a kid!’ Clay told FOX 12. “She was all hysterical and said, ‘OK, I’m going back, I’m going back!’”

Bodda then agreed to return to the scene with the witness and wait for responding deputies.

The girl was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital, then to OHSU. She received surgery for non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken femur.

Deputies arrested Bodda and she was lodged in the Linn County Jail for charges of DUII drugs-marijuana, failure to perform duties as a driver in an injury motor vehicle crash, second-degree assault, driving while suspended-violation, driving uninsured and failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian.

Clay, whose daughter goes to school with the little girl who was hurt, said the image of the child on the pavement is still horrifying and hopes other drivers will be more cautious.

 “Slow down, pay attention to what the heck’s going on around here.”

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