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A freshman at a university in Washington suffered serious injuries when she was struck by a car that fled the scene.

The 18-year-old woman and her friend had just exited a bus Friday night and started walking through the fog to a house party. A car with headlights off came down the hill and struck them.

The teen’s arm was broken so badly that the blood stopped flowing through the right side and the bone was visible. There were initially concerns the arm would need to be amputated, but it was saved through emergency surgery. Her friend also had a concussion and bruises.

The victim’s family is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading the identification of the driver. The victim said she would have forgiven the driver but cannot understand why he or she would not stop.

The vehicle was described as a gray or dark green older boxy car, possibly a Honda Civic or Volvo. Anyone who knows anything about the case or who has seen a vehicle like this with new damage should contact police.

I am saddened to hear about these devastating injuries, and I hope the person who fled the scene is brought to justice. I encourage all pedestrians to use caution when walking on the streets. Expect that drivers will not see you.

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