Search underway for Polk hit-and-run driver who critically injured girl, 12

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a driver who hit a 12-year-old girl and drove away, leaving her lying in the road, critically injured.

Investigators say Myrthel Michel, age 12, of  Poinciana, was crossing Marigold Avenue near Fairway Road in Poinciana early Monday morning. She was crossing from the eastbound shoulder to the westbound side of the roadway when she was hit by a car driving southbound on Marigold Avenue.

Myrthel was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center and she was subsequently flown to Tampa General Hospital with trauma-related injuries. She is in critical condition.

It turns out that Myrthel’s parents reported her missing to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. The family had last seen her at 10 p.m. Sunday and did not known she was missing or injured. Poinciana is located in Polk and Osceola counties.

A witness described the vehicle as a recent model 4-door import type sedan that was possibly silver in color. The vehicle was also described as having square or rectangular tail lights. The witnesses further stated that the vehicle slowed after impact and then accelerated away from the scene going south on Marigold Avenue.

If you have information that can help investigators, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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