ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- A seven-year-old girl hit by a car being driven by a 15-year-old girl with a learner's permit, remains in critical condition after undergoing surgeries on Thursday night.
Two other girls, 8 and 10 years old, who were also hit, but suffered minor injuries. The tragic accident that happened in a quiet Ashburn neighborhood has some wondering why their streets were being used by an inexperienced driver.
The little girl's family declined an interview, but Felicia Kluzinski, whose daughter is good friends with the critically injured seven-year-old, had plenty to say.
"She's at my house pretty much everyday. She's like my third daughter. It's just hard. We just pray that she's OK. Pray that God is with her family and everything. It's devastating."
The 15-year-old girl, who was behind the wheel, lives just two blocks away. Her family, too, looked devastated, when WUSA9 asked them for a comment today. They said no.
Many neighbors came out to see what happened when the four ambulances showed up Thursday night. A neighbor said the teen and her father were sobbing, their faces wet with tears.
"I think it's just one of those unfortunate things. It could happen in any neighborhood. Kids with learner's permits, they're just learning," said neighbor Debbie Harris.
The Loudoun Sheriff 's department says the teenager, who has her learner's permit, was practicing her driving with her father in the neighborhood.
At around 6:45 p.m., she turned the corner from Red Admiral onto to Morvan Woods Court and apparently hit the gas, instead of the break. She went up on the angled curb and slammed into the girls who were playing on a driveway. The car ended up in the woods at the end of the cul-de-sac.
"My heart goes out to her too because I know it was an accident. But when there are kids out here playing, it should be done it a parking lot," said Kluzinski.
Another neighbor who knows the teenager said the she had previously gone to empty parking lots with her father to practice.
Neither the teen driver nor her father have not been charged at this time.