Woman hit by car while trying to rescue cat in Leola

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A 20-year-old  woman is recovering after she was hit by a car while rescuing a cat in the middle of the road in Leola, Lancaster County. Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle who hit her and then fled the scene.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon along the 200 block of Strawberry Street. Police say the victim was bent over in the middle of the roadway to pick up a cat when she heard a loud muffler and then was stuck by a vehicle.

Authorities say the force of the crash knocked her to the ground.

The suspect’s vehicle initially slowed down–but then sped off, police said.

The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries.

The vehicle is described as a dark silver or gray car that  sits low to the ground. It also has a large rear spoiler and a loud muffler, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 717-291-4676.