Residents demand changes after truck hits little girl

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DENVER -- With a huge bandage covering her chin and deep bruises on her knees, 8-year-old Eliza Yazza sits sadly next to her mother on a couch Thursday afternoon.  “I’m sad, because of where the car hit me, “ she says.

Yazza was riding her bicycle through the intersection of 9th and Wolff in southwest Denver late Wednesday afternoon, when she was involved in an accident with a truck.

“She hit the truck and hit the ground,” says witness Marcia Lucero.  Yazza was taken to a local hospital. The driver did stop. Denver police say he was cited for driving without a license.

Residents FOX31 Denver talked to say vehicles typically speed through the area and neighbors have filed complaints. There are stop signs posted on 9th Ave. for drivers heading east-west, but not for drivers heading north-south on Wolff.

Police say the little girl pedaled through a stop sign, and the vehicle had the right of way.

Neighbors want the city to turn the intersection into a four-way stop.

Yazza hopes to head back to school Monday.