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Child in stroller struck by car in Aspen Hill, injuries 'life-threatening' (Photo)

October 8, 2010 - 04:58 PM
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The scene at Georgia Ave. and Aspen Hill Rd. (Julie Parker)

(Correction: Montgomery police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks says the mother was not hit by the car, only the child.)

This post has been updated

Police said today that a 16-month-old girl in a stroller being pushed by her mother was hit by a car and badly injured in Aspen Hill near Georgia Avenue and Aspen Hill Road.

The child, who was rushed to a hospital, was initially found not breathing and without a pulse, but is now expected to survive, police said.

According to the Montgomery County fire department, responders were dispatched to the scene just before 10:30 a.m. The first arriving units witnessed CPR being performed on the girl by a nurse, Wendy Mejia, who was passing by. Police then took over CPR, and managed to bring the baby's pulse back.

The child was taken to a local trauma center with "life-threatening injuries," police said. The mother, 36-year-old Samira Kailey of Sinking Spring, Pa., was not hit by the car, but sustained some non-life-threatening injuries. ABC 7 reports that the driver of the striking vehicle (a Ford Explorer), a 53-year-old Silver Spring woman, is not expected to be charged because she had a green light at the intersection when the accident occurred, police said.

The baby and mother were apparently crossing the street when the stroller was struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes.

Northbound Georgia Avenue was shut down for more than an hour near the intersection.

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