December 18, 2014

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Girl sent flying after darting in front of SUV

LORAIN — A 13-year-old girl was thrown 60 feet Tuesday after darting into the path of a sport utility vehicle in Lorain, police said.

Just before 4 p.m., Rochelle Fracchione ran into the West 21st Street crosswalk at Leavitt Road, Lorain police Sgt. Marty Carreon said.

“She was with some friends, and they were saying, ‘Stop, stop,’ but she didn’t hear,” Carreon said. “She ran out in the crosswalk and went flying.”

One of her sandals was knocked off on the east side of the intersection where the collision happened. Carreon pointed out Rochelle’s other sandal, which ended up on the far side of the four-lane road beside a patch of blood on the pavement.

Rochelle was conscious when she was placed in an ambulance and taken to Community Regional Medical Center, Carreon said.

From there, she was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where a nursing supervisor said she was in critical condition late Tuesday.

Crystal Rivera, 29, of Lorain, said she was driving from Lorain Community School, which her stepdaughter attends, when Rochelle ran out in front of her Chevy Blazer.

“She went up on the hood, and that’s all I saw,” Rivera said, tears streaming down her face. “I didn’t see her until I hit her.”

Rivera, who had a green light, said she slammed on her brakes and ran over to where Rochelle was balled up unconscious on the pavement in the intersection.

“I gave her my coat. That’s all I could do,” she said.

Police shut down Leavitt Road in front of Family Dollar for more than an hour while they investigated.

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.