Girl, 17, hit by 4WD

A 17-YEAR-OLD Lismore girl is recovering in Lismore Base Hospital after receiving severe leg and other injuries when struck by a four-wheel-drive at Nimbin late on Saturday night.

Police spokesman Acting Sergeant Simon Thorpe said the accident happened at 11.54pm when the girl and two other youths were walking along the Nimbin Road, near the intersection with Stony Chute Road

He said the girl was struck by a Toyota 4-Runner being driven by a 34-year-old Northern Rivers man.

Acting Sgt Thorpe said the girl was believed to have been walking on the road when struck. The accident is being investigated by the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit.

Lismore Ambulance paramedics arrived at the scene just after midnight and began immediate emergency treatment to stabilise her injuries that included a partially severed right leg, fractured left forearm, head injuries and multiple abrasions and lacerations.

The girl, who is believed to be turning 17 today, was transported to the Lismore Base Hospital where she underwent surgery early yesterday to her injured right leg.

A hospital spokesman confirmed the girl suffered various injuries and had undergone surgery and as of yesterday was in a serious but stable condition.

Act Sgt Thorpe said police want to hear from any witnesses to the accident, or who may have seen the three people walking along the road.

Anyone with information should contact the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit on 6681 8618, or phone Crime-Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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