14-year-old remains on life support after hit-and-run crash, police say

RIVERSIDE — Correction: A previous version of this story indicated Brianna McCarthy died from her injuries, which WHIO-TV reported based on information directly from a Riverside police spokesperson. The spokesperson has since provided new information that she is still alive and on life support in a local hospital as of Thursday afternoon.

The 14-year-old involved in a local hit-and-run is on life support.

Riverside police confirmed to News Center 7 Thursday afternoon that Brianna McCarthy was on life support.

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Her grandfather, Mike McCarthy, confirmed to News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson that she was pronounced brain dead this afternoon. She’s going to remain on life support until she has donated her organs.

Brianna was hit by a car Saturday night at a bus stop near the intersection of Woodman Drive and Burkhardt Road. The crash had put her in a coma at Miami Valley Hospital.

News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson spoke to Brianna’s father, Kevin McCarthy, on Wednesday. He said she was there with four friends and crossed the street to get to the bus stop when she was hit.

“The pain is, it’s indescribable,” Kevin said.

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McCarthy said he was determined to find out who the driver who hit his daughter and left the scene is.

Riverside police said that the vehicle they’re looking for is a dark-colored 2022-2024 Hyundai Tucson.

Robertson went back to the intersection where the crash happened on Thursday and stopped at businesses nearby. Bryan Knaff, owner of Legacy Barber Shop, said he was cleaning up his shop when he saw police and ambulances arrive.

“It was a lot actually and I couldn’t tell what exactly was going on,” Knaff said.

Now, knowing what happened, he said he “feels for the family.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Adam Todd at 937-233-1801 ext. 453 or by email atodd@riversideoh.gov.

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