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9-year-old girl hit by car while crossing Cleveland Avenue

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Cleveland Ave

A 9-year-old girl was struck as she crossed this section of Cleveland Avenue.

A 9-year-old girl was seriously injured Saturday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Cleveland Avenue, police said.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. just east of Winner Boulevard, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The girl was crossing the road from north to south with her parent and two dogs when she was struck by a Jeep Patriot in the westbound lane. They were not crossing in a crosswalk, Rubin said.

The girl was taken to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

The driver of the Jeep was not charged, Rubin said.

Two years ago, Cleveland Avenue was redesigned in an attempt to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Among the changes were a new crosswalk and refuge island in front of the Alder Creek community, just a short distance from where the girl was struck. A refuge island is a concrete median in the middle of the road that allows a pedestrian to cross one lane and safely wait until the other lane is clear to continue across the road.

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