Girl, 11, in critical condition after being struck by driver with suspended license

An 11-year-old girl was in critical condition in a Queens hospital after she was struck by a driver with a suspended license, according to police.

The girl was hit by the vehicle at about 2:38 p.m. Thursday at Lefferts Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Rockaway Boulevard when it struck the girl as she was crossing northbound on Lefferts Boulevard, said police.

EMS responded to the scene and rushed the child to Jamaica Medical Center.

Nasser Essa, 68, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene, serious injury and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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An investigation into why Essa struck the child with his vehicle was underway.

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