Girl injured in minivan incident recovering

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A young girl injured in a car accident Wednesday suffered a cracked pelvis but is doing fine, said Richard Everard, the girl's father.

Five-year-old Avalena Everard was to be released from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Friday, Richard Everard said.

Yampa Valley Medical Center could provide no information on the girl or her condition.

Avalena Everard was injured when she was hit by a minivan in a parking lot.

Police said Virginia Everard, 33, left the minivan running in the Steamboat Springs Police Department lot while she ran a quick errand nearby. Avalena Everard's brother, 2-year-old Gabriel Everard, was inside the minivan. Avalena Everard had been sent to check on him when the accident occurred, Richard Everard said.

The minivan, which had automatic transmission with the shift lever on the steering column, began moving in reverse and the girl was knocked to the ground. The van backed into a parked car, police said.

People inside the police department witnessed the accident and rushed outside to help. Officers found the girl on the ground and her brother in the driver's seat of the minivan. The doors were closed and locked.

While officers tried to get the door open, the van began to move forward, rolling slowly into an ambulance that had just arrived at the scene.

According to police, the children's mother was at the scene within a minute of the incident. No one has been cited in the accident.

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