SEAL BEACH, CA — Five young dancers with the Los Alamitos Ballet School suffered serious injuries after a hit-and-run driver slammed through the car they were riding in Saturday night in Seal Beach.

Now, Orange County residents are rallying around the girls to raise money for their hospital expenses.

“The girls are in a lot of physical pain with various injuries: broken bones, damaged organs, concussions and grief over the possible loss of their dance careers,” David Kim, Artistic Director of the Los Alamitos Ballet School, told Patch. “Several will have to miss out on the remainder of their senior year of high school.”

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As a result of the tragedy, Kim set up a GoFundMe account in order to help alleviate some of the financial strain from the dancers and their families.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 14, the GoFundMe page raised $20,000 of its $30,000 goal.

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Residents looking to help the dancers get back up on their feet can visit the Los Alamitos Ballet School’s GoFundMe page.

The crash that injured the teens was initially reported Saturday night in Seal Beach, when authorities received a report of a reckless driver speeding northbound on PCH from the area of Warner Boulevard, according to Seal Beach Police Lt. Julia Clasby.

“When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the vehicle had collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street,” she said. “The suspect’s vehicle came to rest against the bus bench in front of the Chase Bank. The suspect fled the scene on foot into ‘The Hill’ residential neighborhood.”

Editor’s Note: The video below shows a violent crash between a hit-and-run driver and a car full of teenagers in Seal Beach.

The suspect was described as an 18- to 20-year-old man approximately 5- feet-10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a maroon shirt.

The Seal Beach Police Department urged anyone with information regarding the crash or the suspect to contact them at 562-799-4100, ext. 1627 or [email protected] Anonymous tips can also be made through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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