Woman hit by car while crossing Phoenix street

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PHOENIX -- A Valley woman is fighting for her life after an early morning car-pedestrian wreck that forced the partial closure of a major Phoenix street for hours Monday.

It happened at 19th Street and Indian School Road shortly before 7 a.m. when it is still dark. According to police, a 25-year-old Native American woman was crossing Indian School Road when a westbound car hit her.

The driver of that car was heading for State Route 51 to go to work. The driver told officers she did not see the pedestrian as she crossed from the median to the north side of the street. The woman was not in a crosswalk.

The driver stopped at stayed at the scene.

The victim, who has not been identified, was in extremely critical condition with what firefighters describe as "multi-system trauma" when she was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. Her prognosis was not immediately available, but a police lieutenant on the scene told 3TV's Gibby Parra that they were treating the investigation as a potential fatality.

Investigators on scene talked to the driver, whose name has not been released, and told Parra that she probably will not be cited.

Westbound Indian School Road was closed for more than three hours between 20th Street and State Route 51 while detectives conducted their investigation.