Police search for SUV involved in Virginia Highland hit-and-run
ATLANTE – Atlanta police are working to track down a driver who hit a teenage girl and seriously injured her.
It happened in the Virginia Highland neighborhood more than a week ago, but Kat Bergstrom remains hospitalized in Grady’s burn unit.
Kat’s father said his daughter was hit near the intersection of Lanier Boulevard and North Virginia Avenue on November 7. During the hit-and-run, he said she was dragged more than 60 feet.
Mick Bergstrom and his wife are living a parent’s worst nightmare. Their 17-year-old daughter needs several surgeries.
“They hit her, they knew they hit her,” Mick said. “They dragged her 20 meters on the asphalt and left her to die.”
The jeans and sneakers Kat wore when she was on drugs during the hit-and-run.
Kat was wearing jeans and Adidas shoes when she was hit. Both are now in tatters. Her mother said blue jeans fibers could be seen in the streak marks on the road in the days after the hit-and-run.
Atlanta police released video of the incident near the intersection of Lanier Boulevard and North Virginia Avenue. It showed the light-colored SUV that investigators believe was involved in the hit-and-run just after 11:30 p.m.
“Looking at the videos, you can see when she gets hit, you can see the car kind of jars, and then you can hear her do drugs,” Mick said.
The Bergstroms asked locals to check their cameras for footage, hoping they might get another glimpse of this car.
Mick said the person responsible must be caught and held accountable for what they did.
“You hit somebody, you stop and you deal with it,” he said. “You don’t knowingly drag them 20 yards and just leave them.”
While Kat’s injuries were severe, Mick was grateful it wasn’t worse.
“I keep telling him, ‘Kat, I know you’re unlucky, but you’re alive and these are life-threatening injuries,'” Mick said.
Police and family are asking anyone with information or video to call investigators.