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Oh my Sources: Autistic teen in critical condition after being struck on Staten Island Expr

Sources: Autistic teen in critical condition after being struck on Staten Island Expressway (video and photos)

By John M. Annese/Staten Island Advance
on July 08, 2013 at 9:28 PM, updated July 09, 2013 at 5:30 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A 13-year-old autistic girl was critically injured when she jumped out of a sport-utility vehicle on the Staten Island Expressway Monday and into the path of another vehicle in the HOV lane, according to police sources

The girl, whose name was not immediately available, was a passenger in a 2011 Nissan Rogue when, at about 6:15 p.m., she got out of the SUV about 200 yards before the Hylan Boulevard overpass, on the highway's Brooklyn-bound side, police sources said.

"They were not involved in an accident. She exited the vehicle of her own volition," one police source said.

One vehicle traveling in the HOV stopped short to avoid the girl, but another vehicle behind the first, a 2010 Honda Element, swerved to avoid the first, and hit her, sources said.

The girl suffered a broken leg and internal injuries, and was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, to undergo surgery, sources said. Her condition is considered critical, those sources said.

Police and firefighters shut down the Brooklyn-bound lanes of the Expressway for about a half hour while administering aid to the girl.

Two of those lanes were reopened at approximately 6:45 p.m., though traffic was still snarled in that direction as far back as the Todt Hill Road exit at as 9 p.m.
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