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Charges filed in hit-and-run that injured 3-year-old girl
Two York City residents have been charged in connection with an August 2015 hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a 3-year-old girl.
Maia Marisa Jones, 30, of 210 Power St., is charged with accidents involving death or injury while not licensed, obstructing administration of law, false reporting, tampering with evidence and permitting an unlicensed person to drive her car.
Brandon Scott Banks, 20, of 724 W. Princess St., will be charged with accidents involving death or injury while not licensed, speeding and driving without a license, according to police. Banks has not been arraigned on the charges yet, online court records indicate.
Hit-and-run: Police say Banks was driving Jones' car, a gold 2007 Hyundai Azera, on Aug. 8, 2015, about 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Lafayette Street when he struck a 3-year-old girl in the street and left without stopping. Witnesses told police the car was going much faster than typical traffic.
York City Police Officer Nicholas Hansel told the York Dispatch in August 2015, after the hit-and-run, that the girl was playing in Penn Park that afternoon, waiting to go to a birthday party. He said the girl started to cross the 100 block of Lafayette Street, near the tennis courts at Penn Park, when the car hit her.
"It appears that she was thrown into the air and came to rest under a parked vehicle," Hansel said at the time. "She was unconscious at the scene."
He said she was taken to York Hospital by ambulance and then flown to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.
According to police, Banks called Jones at her work after the car had hit the child. Documents state that Jones had given Banks permission to drive the car. Records indicate that Banks did not have a valid driver's license during the time of the incident, police said.
"Banks advised Jones of the accident, but Jones made no effort to report the accident to police," charging documents state.
On Aug. 21, 2016, police spoke with Jones at the police station, where she allegedly gave the the wrong name of the driver, police said. Police say cellphone records confirmed it was Banks who had called Jones after the hit-and-run.
On Aug. 24, 2016, after obtaining a search warrant, police searched Jones' car and found a three-page preliminary estimate from Automenders of York, dated two days after the hit-and-run, police said.
The estimate indicated that Jones attempted to cover up the damage from the hit-and-run, "possibly destroying evidence," police said.
Jones was arraigned Sept. 27 and remains free on $20,000 unsecured bail.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.