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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:37:32PM

Running toward recovery

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Ayana Hodges, 17, was a standout athlete at Charlotte High School. She excelled in running track, helping to set the school record last year for the 4x800 meter relay. Now she is on crutches, and is unable to prepare for the upcoming season. Hodges was the victim of a recent hit-and-run accident while she was walking to the bus stop near her Deep Creek home.


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PUNTA GORDA — At the beginning of the year, Ayana Hodges was one of the fastest girls on Charlotte High School’s track team. Then, in a instant, she became the slowest.

The 17-year-old was walking to her bus stop — near Seasons Drive and Encarnacion Street in Deep Creek — shortly after 6 a.m. Oct. 17. She was struck from behind by a mid-size car, which disappeared without even slowing. A Florida Highway Patrol report shows Ayana was lifted and thrown to the shoulder of the road. Witnesses heard a thump and a scream and saw the young girl coming to the ground.

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