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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

UPDATE: Waterloo Police say the driver responsible for a hit-and-run that left a teenager injured turned himself in this morning.

Early Sunday morning, 13-year-old Lyisha Dixon was hit by a car as she tried to cross the street at Broadway and Riehl. The car then took off.

Dixon was taken to the hospital.

This morning, police say 30-year-old Steven Arceneaux, Jr. contacted police, saying he may have been the driver involved. Arceneaux voluntarily came to the police department and officers say they were able to determine he was the driver responsible. He's been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

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Police are looking for a driver who hit a 13-year-old girl and then took off.

It all happened around one Sunday morning at the intersection of Broadway Street and Riehl Street.

Lyisha Dixon is back at home in Waterloo tonight.

She was taken to Iowa City with injuries to her face.

KWWL's Jessica Hartman talked with the girl's mother who is asking for answers.

It's been more than 36 hours since the accident, but she still can't believe a driver would hit someone and not stop.

"How could anyone live with themselves, knowing that they left my child in her own blood. Her own blood," said Sonya Gamblin, Lyisha's mother.

Lyisha Dixon and her cousin were walking to the nearby Kwik Star from her aunt's house, for a drink when the driver, according to the cousin, sped up as they crossed the street and then continued on with out stopping.

"I just want to find him cause he hurt her," said Chijinda Johnson, Lyisha's cousin. In the day light there are no skid marks that would indicate that the driver slowed down at anytime.

The other question many are asking, 'Why was Lyisha and her cousin out so late?'

"My sister's asleep they decide to do kids stupid stuff. Go out the house and go to the store.That almost made her lose her live over a pop. Which if she was at home, she would have already knew, I'd a said swallow your spit. You don't need no pop right now," said Gamblin.

It is a mistake Sonya says her daughter will be living with the rest of her life.

Lyisha has broken bones in her face and is missing her front teeth, something she will have to go back to Iowa City to fix.

If you have any information about the driver of a dark-colored four door car with possible damage to the right front bumper, you can call Waterloo Police.
 

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