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An 8-year-old girl was listed in fair condition a day after she was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she and her father were struck by a car in the parking lot of a Bryans Road gas station.

Witnesses said the man, 31, and his daughter were walking across the parking lot of the Shell gas station at 16985 Indian Head Highway from the fuel pumps to the convenience store around 5 p.m. Wednesday when a gray Pontiac traveling at a “high rate of speed for a parking lot” hit them and left the scene, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

The girl was flown to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with “life-threatening” injuries, but as of Thursday afternoon she was listed in fair condition, Richardson said.

The father was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening, she added.

A lookout was broadcast for the car, which witnesses said was carrying four people, Richardson said.

The car was found by Maryland State Police in the 2900 block of Thomas Road in Bryans Road. Witnesses there said three men and one woman got out of the car.

Police canvassed the area and found four people matching the witness descriptions walking near the Food Lion on Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road.

Officers determined one of the four subjects, Jonathan Laquan Bell, 26, of Washington, D.C., had been driving the Pontiac when it struck the girl and her father, Richardson said.

Bell was arrested and has been charged with multiple traffic offenses. He was ordered held in Charles County jail on $100,000 bond, Richardson said. The three people with Bell have not been charged.

The investigation is ongoing.