NEWARK  — Police are looking for the driver of a black Mercedes convertible they said hit a 3-year-old child and then sped off late Sunday afternoon.

Newark Police (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The girl was struck around 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Ridgewood and Avon avenues in Newark's Springfield/Belmont neighborhood, according to police. The car continued south on Ridgewood and did not stop.

The driver of the car was described as having a light skin complexion with a bald head and sunglasses.

The girl, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken to Rutgers University Hospital. She was in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Police asked anyone with information about the driver to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).

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