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Girl critically injured by vehicle in dog-walking accident
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Girl critically injured by vehicle in dog-walking accident

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MATTOON — A 14-year-old girl was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dog early Saturday evening in Mattoon.

Police Chief Jason Taylor said the collision occurred after 4:30 p.m. as the girl and her large dog were walking in the 2600 block of Dewitt Avenue.

"According to witnesses, the dog lunged and dragged her into the road," Taylor said.

The girl and her dog ended up in the path of a vehicle driven by an 85-year-old man, Taylor said. The driver was unable to avoid striking them, the police chief stated.

Taylor said the girl was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries, and as of Sunday morning was in critical but stable condition. He said the driver was not injured. Taylor said the dog was likely mortally injured, but he did not have updated information on the dog available.

The vicinity of the 2600 block of DeWitt was still closed until roughly 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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