Police id suspect accused of hitting 12-year-old girl

Police id suspect accused of hitting 12-year-old girl

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Robert Thomas Dickson, Jr. Source: Birmingham Police Department Robert Thomas Dickson, Jr. Source: Birmingham Police Department
Officers say the driver drove up on the sidewalk and struck the girl near Advent School at 6th Avenue North and 20th Street. (Photo: Clare Huddleston) Officers say the driver drove up on the sidewalk and struck the girl near Advent School at 6th Avenue North and 20th Street. (Photo: Clare Huddleston)
At the site of the accident, the 'No Parking" sign remains bent over from where the vehicle came up on the sidewalk. (Photos: Clare Huddleston) At the site of the accident, the 'No Parking" sign remains bent over from where the vehicle came up on the sidewalk. (Photos: Clare Huddleston)
The suspect's vehicle was towed away from where police stopped it. (Photo: Clare Huddleston) The suspect's vehicle was towed away from where police stopped it. (Photo: Clare Huddleston)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police have identified the man accused of hitting a 12-year-old girl and then driving off.

Robert Thomas Dickson, Jr. has been charged with second degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment. He is being held in the Birmingham City Jail.

The girl suffered injuries after police say she was struck around 7:20 Tuesday morning by a 1995 white and gold, 4-door Toyota Avalon driven by Dickson. She was working as a crossing guard near Advent School at 6th Avenue North and 20th Street.

Officers say Dickson drove up on the sidewalk and struck the girl before driving off. A witness to the hit-and-run followed Dickson's vehicle to I-65 while contacting the police. Officers were able to stop Dickson on I-65 northbound at 16th Street.

The girl was taken by her mother to a doctor. They say she suffered bruises and minor injuries, none of them life-threatening.

Officers returned Dickson to the scene where they at the time he denied the claims that he was involved in the hit-and-run, but officers say surveillance footage matches Dickson's description and his vehicle.

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