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Hit-and-run driver causes SUV to flip, injuring passenger in Burlington

Posted on: 7:45 am, August 24, 2012, by , updated on: 07:47pm, August 24, 2012

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into the back of an SUV Thursday evening and left the scene.

According to police, 33-year-old Melissa Donnell of Burlington was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer west in the 2100 block of Chapel Hill Road around 6:30 p.m. when she slowed down to make a right turn.

Before completing the turn, police said Donnell’s SUV was struck from behind by a white 2000 Chevrolet Silverado.  Donnell’s SUV flipped with her 3 kids inside as a result of the collision, police said.

Donnell said she was on her way home when the accident happened.

Police said the pickup truck left the scene before officers arrived. Investigators located the pickup truck late Thursday night in Durham.

A child passenger in the SUV was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Donnell herself suffered minor injuries, for which she was treated at the scene, police said.

Donnell saw surveillance video of the crash for the first time Friday, and couldn’t hold back the tears.

“It hurts to know that there’s somebody out there that can just hit people and keep going without any remorse,” Donnell said.

The driver who fled has not been identified. No suspect description was available.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100