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Driver suspected of being impaired critically injures girl in Fort Worth

An SUV driven by a driver suspected of being impaired hit an 11-year-old girl Saturday morning, critically injuring her, authorities said.

Firefighters, MedStar and police responded to the incident at 9:43 a.m. in the 14200 block of Sendera Ranch Boulevard, near Truett Wilson Middle School in far north Fort Worth.

The Ford SUV was driven by Laura Martin, 28, who is being charged with intoxication assault, said Sgt. Steve Enright, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

Witnesses said the SUV had hit at least one vehicle on a neighborhood street, turned onto Sendera Ranch Boulevard traveling on the wrong side of the roadway, crossed the median and knocked down a tree and a school zone signal light before striking the girl on the sidewalk, Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said in a news release. The SUV then crashed through a brick wall, eventually stopping in the back yard of a residence.

The girl was flown to Cook Children’s hospital with critical head and leg injuries, authorities said. A second girl, also 11, was treated at the scene for minor injuries, authorities said.

Martin was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with neck and back injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening, according to MedStar. She remained hospitalized as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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