A Dallas teenager was hospitalized after a car struck her Friday night while she and her friends were playing an extreme version of cops and robbers, called the “fugitive game.”
On Monday night, 15-year-old Ashlee Aguilera was reported to be in “good” condition at a local hospital’s intensive care unit, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Ashlee was hit by a driver who was not participating in the fugitive game, in which one team of people runs in the streets from another team of individuals who are in cars.
"It's an extremely dangerous game," said MaryAnn Contreras, a member of the JPS Health Network's Injury Prevention Outreach program. "Teenagers always think that, 'It's not going to happen to me,' and unfortunately it does."
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On Monday, the students who had been playing the game in the streets talked with high school counselors about the incident, which occurred by the Boswell High School in Fort Worth. The driver, 26, will not face charges for hitting Ashlee, according to local police.
"You're not necessarily looking for people darting across the road at night when you can't see them at all," said Tracey Knight, a Fort Worth police corporal.
"As a parent, it's terrifying," Knight added. "As a police officer, it's very worrisome, because the most dangerous thing most people do on a daily basis is drive."
Source: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth