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Family speaks out after car-pedestrian crash in Harlingen

According to her family, Graciela Jimenez Mejia sustained a broken left leg, fractures to the entire left side of her face and body and had bleeding of the brain after she was struck by a Harlingen police officer Monday night. (Photo Source: The Mejia family)

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

The Harlingen Police Department is investigating after a crash involving a police officer.

Police said the crash occurred at the intersection of 1st and Lee on Monday around 9:30 p.m.

Authorities said an officer was on patrol driving near the intersection when a woman, later identified by Harlingen police as Graciela Jimenez Mejia, darted across the street. That’s when, according to police, the officer struck Mejia with his patrol unit.

According to her family, Mejia sustained a broken left leg, fractures to the entire left side of her face and body and had bleeding of the brain.

While police reports say Mejia ran across the street in front of the patrol car, a family member tells CBS 4 there's no way that's possible.

"She was already disabled, and she has one leg that's a little bit longer than the other," said the family member, who spoke to CBS 4 on the condition of anonymity. " So, there's no way she could have ran."

Mejia's family says the officer was driving recklessly.

CBS 4 reached out Harlingen Police Chief Jeffry Adickes for comment about the family's allegations.

Adickes says the video he has reviewed matches what's in the press release, and wouldn't comment any further because of the ongoing investigation.

The officer in the patrol car will not be put on administrative leave and is back on patrol Tuesday night.

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