The girl was crossing over a zebra crossing at the junction of the Waelemstraat and the Helmetsesteenweg when she was knocked down. She was rushed to hospital where her condition is now described as stable. The motorist that knocked her down drove off, but was later detained.
He was being questioned by an Examining Magistrate. The Judicial Authorities requested that he be kept in custody on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and driving away from the scene of an accident. However, he was granted conditional bail.
The suspect has a previous conviction for hit and run and currently doesn’t have a driving licence. The vehicle involved was a hire car. The car had been hired by a third party.