VIDEO/PHOTOS: Two women 'very critical' after late-night, hit-and-run accident

Chelsey Murphy

Chelsey Murphy

Two pedestrians struck

U.S. 41 East and Airport-Pulling Road

Video from NBC-2

— Two young women were critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on U.S. 41 East and Airport-Pulling Road late Tuesday night.

The two unidentified victims, who were described as in their late teens or early 20s, were hit and ended up 100 feet from the crosswalk. They were airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

"They are very critical," said Sgt. Norman Parks with the Florida Highway Patrol.

The suspect's vehicle, a white Kia Sephia, has been cordoned off with crime scene tape in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart. Its hood and windshield show signs of a collision.

Investigators also have witnesses to the crash, which occurred around 9:30 p.m..

Kristin Murphy’s daughter may be one of the victims. She had been expecting her home around the time of the crash. Then, Murphy came to the scene and saw the victims’ belongings scattered about.

"All I know is, that is my daughter's stuff lying in the road," Murphy said, her voice clenched with emotion as she left for the hospital.

Donnie Cristiano, a passerby, said he pulled up to the intersection and immediately got out, calling the police and helping the victims.

"All I did was respond, pull up and try to keep one of the girls conscious," Cristiano said.

"She was conscious, but not talking," Cristiano said of the other girl. "Really not a good scene."

Officers responded and picked up someone involved with the accident, Cristiano said.

Authorities were actively investigating the accident as Cristiano talked, one carrying a handbag possibly owned by one of the victims.

A pair of shoes sat in front of Cristiano's white Honda at the eastern side of the eastbound lane of the intersection. Other clothing could be seen in front of and behind the car.

Cristiano could only describe the injuries of one of the girls, whom he said had a compound fracture to her leg.

"They had to be hurt, because they ended up back there," Cristiano said, pointing to the shoes about 100 feet from the crosswalk.

U.S. 41 eastbound was closed at Airport-Pulling Road for over two hours.

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