Man arrested for hit-and-run crash that injured an 8-year-old in Stark County

STARK COUNTY - The Stark County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the case of an 8-year-old girl who was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Deputies say 24-year-old Ronald Richard Dickens II turned himself in to investigators. The minivan Dickens was believed to be driving at the time of the crash has been recovered. 

Jennifer Vance says her daughter Allison was crossing the street when a speeding driver slammed into her and drove away.

"I immediately ran to her, and when I was running to her, I saw the vehicle it was like a silver gray color and it had a full back end, like an SUV or a van," Vance recalled. 

Allison is now recovering at Akron Children’s Hospital after surgery. 

"Two broken femurs, the right one was broken in two places and they are going to have to put plates in, the left one is broken and they are going to have to put a pin in, and broken left cheekbone and slight brain bleed," said Allison's dad Seth Studer. 

Studer says they live on Spangler Road in Plain Township, Stark County, and many people speed through their streets despite caution signs. 

Allison’s parents had pleaded for the driver to turn himself in. 

"He left, he left her laying there," said Vance. 

"Our daughter keeps asking who did it?" asked Studer.  "Even she is not going to have peace of mind until she knows who did it." 

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