Man charged in crash that left 14-year-old critically injured

- Authorities say a man has been charged in connection with a crash that left a 14-year-old girl critically injured last month.

It happened on August 23 shortly before 3 p.m. at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Canterbury Road in front of Abington Senior High School.

According to authorities, 32-year-old James H. Clark IV, of Abington, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle and reckless endangerment.

Investigators say the girl was walking across Highland Avenue in the marked crosswalk when a Subaru Forester struck her when she was more than halfway through the intersection. The girl was hit with such force that she flew up in the air and landed 102 feet away, according to investigators. Authorities say the investigation also revealed that the vehicle was speeding, traveling at an estimated speed of at least 46 mph in a 25-mph zone.

The girl was taken by ambulance to Abington Hospital then transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She suffered liver, kidney and spleen lacerations; fractures to her T3 vertebrae, pelvis and leg; a dislocated shoulder; eye and eyelid injuries; a concussion and multiple abrasions.



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