Schoolgirl hit by car is now in a stable condition 

Update, 12.15pm: The girl's condition has now improved and she is in a stable condition. 

Earlier: POLICE have urged drivers to take care on the road after a teenage girl was hit by a car and seriously injured yesterday.

The 16-year-old was struck and flung into a building about 8.30am after a car swerved to avoid another vehicle.

Ballarat Highway Patrol Sergeant Ross Humphrey said the Phoenix College student was standing on a nature strip at the corner of Vickers and Rowland streets waiting to be picked up when she was hit.

He said one car indicated to change lanes and another car swerved to avoid it, mounting the nature strip and hitting the girl and then the house.

The girl’s school bag was thrown onto the roof of the house as a result of the impact. 

She received multiple injuries, including fractures to the legs, jaw, head and back and was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

The hospital said the girl was still in a serious condition yesterday afternoon.

Sergeant Humphrey said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening at the scene.

“She was conscious and talking to paramedics,” he said.

Sergeant Humphrey said it was an unfortunate accident that could have happened at any time of the day, but urged motorists to take care. “It is a reminder to drivers to always be aware,” he said.

“There are children around and they are vulnerable.”

The Phoenix College community is rallying behind the girl and her family and counselling is being offered to students.

nicole.cairns@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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