Three girls struck by hit-and-run driver in Atlanta

Police say three girls were struck by a hit-and-run driver Friday evening in Atlanta, with two of them suffering serious injuries.

The girls were walking along Westmeath Drive SW, between Stokes Avenue SW and Emerald Avenue SW, about 7:30 p.m. when a vehicle struck them from behind, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said in an emailed statement.

One of the girls, Cedria Johnson, told police she and the two other girls were able to stand up momentarily in order to get out of the street. But then the other girls, 15-year-old Mariah Key and 14-year-old Dajah Malcom, both collapsed on the side of the road.

Johnson told police she saw a silver 4-door vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu, stop just before Emerald Avenue SW, where she saw a black male wearing a red shirt exit the driver’s side of the vehicle. She said he looked at the girls, then got back into his vehicle and sped up Emerald Avenue SW toward West Ontario Avenue SW.

The girls were brought to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. As of Saturday morning, Key was conscious and breathing. Malcom was not conscious and had been hooked up to a machine to help with her breathing, police say.

Police have not released any other details and do not have a suspect.