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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Huntsville police said a young girl was hit by a car while running across Mastin Lake Road near Inglewood Drive on Monday morning.
The wreck happened a little before 9 a.m. Police said the girl ran across the street to get a ball. The driver swerved but wasn't able to stop in time, hitting her.
Police closed the street as rescue crews treated the girl. They said the child was unconscious when they got to the scene, but some witnesses said the girl woke up before HEMSI took her to the hospital. Witnesses reported they heard the victim let out a faint cry as crews treated her.
Family members said the child, 6-year-old Makayla Jones, was at the house visiting a cousin for their birthday. She was flown to Children's in Birmingham and is currently in the intensive care unit in critical condition.
The family said she has a small amount of bleeding, a concussion, a skull fracture, and is in and out of consciousnesses. Makayla's mother is there with her.
Jimmy Jones lives near the scene and saw the child run into the roadway.
"The lady (driver) tried every way she possibly could not to hit the child," he said. "The way she ran, she was so close, she couldn't avoid her."
It is for that reason officers said the driver will not be charged.
Witnesses said this is not the first time they have seen balls come across the road from the Mastin Lake house.
"Kids are always over there across the street chasing balls down," said Vanessa Freeman. "Or, I'm out there getting the balls for them."
"It is a bad thing to see this actually happen," said Jimmy. "Parents need to wake up and start really watching their kids. It could happen to other kids out here."
Lakewood Elementary School is situated a short distance away from this residential area. Residents said Mastin Lake Road is very busy and some cars go well over the speed limit, making it very dangerous for those that live there.
Shane Fanning and his family pulled up to their home Monday morning and saw the emergency situation unfolding before them.
"I just kind of shook my head and told my wife, 'This happens every year - somebody gets hit around here,'" Fanning said.
Residents said over the years, traffic has become much heavier, and many people fail to follow the posted 40 mile per hour speed limit on a street lined with homes and children. Fanning said he does not let his four girls play in the front yard unless he is with them.
Ideas posed by community members include speed patrols, lower speed limits, or perhaps speed bumps.