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Woman, 41, fronts court over hit-and-run of 13-year-old

  • The woman who hit a 13-year-old girl from her bike fronted court on Monday
  • Thi Nguyen, 41, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for the hit-and-run
  • Nguyen knocked Alice Lewis from her bike, leaving the teen in an induced coma
  • The 41-year-old was charged dangerous driving causing serious injury

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 22:31 EST, 12 November 2017 | Updated: 22:46 EST, 12 November 2017

The woman charged over a hit-and-run crash that left a 13-year-old girl in an induced coma has made her first court appearance in Melbourne.

Thi Nguyen, 41, from Sunshine North, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday after she knocked teenager Alice Lewis from her bike on November 5.

Alice was hit while crossing the road at Bell and Sussex streets in Coburg about 8pm.

The 13-year-old remains in an induced coma at the Royal Children's Hospital.

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Thi Nguyen, 41, from Sunshine North, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday after she knocked a 13-year-old from her bike on November 5

Thi Nguyen, 41, from Sunshine North, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday after she knocked a 13-year-old from her bike on November 5

Ms Nguyen appeared distressed as she left court on Monday, as her victim remains in an induced comaMs Nguyen appeared distressed as she left court on Monday, as her victim remains in an induced coma

Ms Nguyen appeared distressed as she left court on Monday, as her victim remains in an induced coma

Alice Lewis, 13, was riding her bike around 8pm on November 5 when she was struck by Ms Nguyen Alice Lewis, 13, was riding her bike around 8pm on November 5 when she was struck by Ms Nguyen 

Alice Lewis, 13, was riding her bike around 8pm on November 5 when she was struck by Ms Nguyen

Police allege Nguyen was driving a BMW hatchback when she hit the girl and then drove away from the crash scene.

The 41-year-old handed herself in to police four days after the crash and was charged with multiple offences.

Nguyen was charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to stop and render assistance.

Nguyen was charged dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to stop and render assistanceNguyen was charged dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to stop and render assistance

Nguyen was charged dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to stop and render assistance

Alice, who was not wearing a helmet, is believed to have been riding her bike (pictured after the crash) with two friends at the timeAlice, who was not wearing a helmet, is believed to have been riding her bike (pictured after the crash) with two friends at the time

Alice, who was not wearing a helmet, is believed to have been riding her bike (pictured after the crash) with two friends at the time

Investigators later seized an abandoned dark grey BMW linked to the tragic crash, in Braybrook in the city's west.

Alice, who was not wearing a helmet, is believed to have been riding her bike with two friends at the time.

Nguyen was assisted in court through an interpreter and had her bail extended.

She was ordered to reappear in court for a committal mention in March.

Police allege Nguyen was driving a BMW hatchback (pictured after it was seized) when she hit the teenage girlPolice allege Nguyen was driving a BMW hatchback (pictured after it was seized) when she hit the teenage girl

Police allege Nguyen was driving a BMW hatchback (pictured after it was seized) when she hit the teenage girl

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