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Vehicle hits young pedestrian during Parade of Lights event Saturday evening

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By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor  —  A child was struck Saturday evening in an apparent reckless driving incident in Oakridge.

During a stop in the slow procession of City emergency vehicles and other persons who had joined the parade, witnesses saw a dark-colored van pull between the stopped parade vehicles and accelerated toward several children who were helping to distribute candy. All parade vehicles were flashing lights and playing music; obvious evidence of a parade.

Though most of the children in the car’s path were alerted to the oncoming vehicle, a young female girl was struck and thrown several feet. She remained conscious throughout the ordeal and was immediately tended to by the supervising adults. The girl was transported to the nearest hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the van was apprehended at the scene and taken into custody. The incident is being investigated by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

Most of the information in this story was derived from social media posts and therefore the accuracy cannot be verified.

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