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Police arrest teen in bike accident that injured girl


City police arrested a teen-ager last night in connection with Wednesday's hit-and-run accident in which a 6-year-old girl was dragged by a motorbike 46 feet down a walkway near her East Baltimore home.

Investigators said the 17-year-old's mother called police and reported him.

He was charged as a juvenile with several motor vehicle violations, including failure to assist an injured person and leaving the scene of an accident.

The victim, Kashmela Johnson, was in critical, stable condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center last night with head and internal injuries.

Investigators said that after the motorbike rider dragged the girl, stopped, lifted the bike off her and talked briefly to her mother before speeding off.

Police said Kashmela was walking with her mother on the 12-foot-wide pathway in the 1100 block of Orleans St. in the Lafayette Courts public housing complex about 7 p.m. when the motorbike roared toward them.

"I think [the girl] tried to move one way or another, but she didn't know which way to go," said Officer Ross Griffin of the traffic investigation section.

The officer said he did not know how Kashmela got attached to the motorbike or what the rider said to her mother.

Police still were searching last night for the motorbike, which was described as a white Yamaha with green fenders and a blue seat.

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