Teen hospitalized after hit and run

July 17, 2009 3:57:16 PM PDT
A 19-year-old girl from Bordentown is in the hospital after being felled by a hit and run driver.Police say the hit and run crash occurred around 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning when 19-year-old Lisa Krzywicki of Bordentown Township left the Denny's near the split of Routes 130 and 206 and was struck by what a witness could only describe as an SUV.

The car sped off and Krzywicki was left lying in the road suffering serious injures.

"She's in intensive care right now. They had brain surgery last night and they say it's too soon to tell if she's going to come out of it," family friend Shaun Neiderman said.

Neiderman runs a body shop that is feet away from where the crash occurred and where the victim's father works on weekends.

"You couldn't believe that someone wouldn't stop," Neiderman said.

Police say after the impact, which forced the victim up onto the vehicle's hood as it traveled for 30-40 feet, the driver of the mystery SUV abruptly veered to the right and exited 206 onto Route 130. Authorities are now looking for the driver and the car.

"That vehicle should have extensive front end damage to the front grill, headlamp area, probably also the hood and the windshield," Lt. Norm Hand of the Bordentown Township Police Department said.

Lt. Hand says it could be that the crash was unavoidable if Krzywicki stepped in to traffic, but it's criminal to leave an injured person in the middle of a dark road and take off.

Lisa's family and friends are keeping vigil in the ICU at Capital Health's Fuld campus.

"There's still a chance it could go either way, but I think everyone's really worried about the aftermath. She's going to need a lot of work. I mean, we don't know if she's going to have brain damage," friend Trish Vogel said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the accident, the vehicle involved, or the driver to call them immediately at 609-298-4300.