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Sheriff: Driver under influence of marijuana hit 10-year-old girl in crosswalk

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Deputies arrested Natasha Bodda and booked her into the Linn County Jail on DUII Drugs-Marijuana, Failure to Perform Duties as a Driver in an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash, Assault II, Driving While Suspended-Violation, Driving Uninsured and Failure to Yield Right of Way to Pedestrian. (Linn County Jail)

MILL CITY, Ore. - A driver high on marijuana hit a 10-year-old girl in a crosswalk with a minivan as the child walked to her school book fair Thursday evening, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

"The child was transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance and then to OHSU, to receive surgery for non-life threatening injuries," the sheriff's office said in a report.

Witnesses estimated the 2005 Dodge Caravan was going 30 mph when the crash happened.

"After striking the child," witnesses told the sheriff's office, the driver "slowed down, but then accelerated away from the scene."

A witness chased after the van and caught up with the driver, Sheriff Bruce Riley said. The driver then returned to the crash scene and waited for law enforcement to arrive, Riley said.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on Broadway Street near 3rd Street in Mill City, Oregon.

"Deputies learned a 10-year-old female from Mill City was on her way to the School Book Fair, when struck in the crosswalk on Broadway Street, by a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Natasha Marie Lynn Bodda, 20, of Mill City," Riley said.

Deputies arrested Bodda and booked her into the Linn County Jail on DUII Drugs-Marijuana, Failure to Perform Duties as a Driver in an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash, Assault II, Driving While Suspended-Violation, Driving Uninsured and Failure to Yield Right of Way to Pedestrian.