Potomac child in critical condition after being hit by SUV her mother was driving -- Gazette.Net


A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition at a local hospital after being struck by the SUV her mother was driving as her mother pulled out of her driveway to go shopping.

According to Montgomery County police, Wenhua Song, 41, of Potomac Manors Drive in Potomac, left her house at about 9:15 p.m. to go to the grocery store. Her two daughters planned to stay home, according to the statement.

But when police responded to a call 20 minutes later at a home next door on Potomac Manors Drive, a man told them he had just seen someone lying in Song’s driveway and called 911, according to a statement from Montgomery County police.

When police went to Song’s home, they found her with 7-year-old Xitong Kong, who was “unresponsive,” police said.

Rescue personnel took the child, who has life-threatening injuries, to Inova Fairfax Hospital, according to police. On Monday, officials at the hospital declined to discuss Xitong’s condition, citing patient confidentiality requirements.

According to the statement, detectives think that Xitong might have changed her mind and wanted to go with Song to the grocery store. Police were still at the house Monday afternoon, according to neighbors.

David Reichardt, a neighbor, said that Song had moved in eight or nine months previously.

Suman Bhatia, who lives next door to Song, said Song speaks little English.

Bhatia said her home was the one where the burglary alarm went off, but that she had not been home.

“She must have come here for our help,” she said, explaining that she believed Song had crossed the lawn and banged on the door until the alarm went off. Her security company called one of Bhatia’s friends, who went to the house to check on it and then called police after spotting Xitong lying in the driveway, Bhatia said.

No charges have been filed in the incident so far, according to police.