Highlands deputies search for driver after 3-year-old hit by car

Authorities in Highlands County are searching for the driver who struck a child and fled the scene early Saturday evening.

The incident happened on North Lake Avenue in Avon Park shortly after 5 p.m. Deputies said the victim, a 3-year-old, was hit by a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

The unidentified child was flown to a Tampa hospital in critical condition.

Deputies are actively searching for the vehicle and driver responsible. The car has tinted windows, a sun roof and a spoiler.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Highlands County Sheriff's Office or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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