GYMPIE police are pleading with residents to use pedestrian crossings after a 16-year-old girl was hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle and launched 10m on the Bruce Hwy yesterday afternoon.
Police said the girl was hit while trying to cross the busy highway from Pizza Hut to Madill's Mazda.
They said two lanes of south-bound traffic had been stationary at a red light when the girl skipped between the cars to get to the other side.
As the girl stepped into the slip lane, that turns to McDonald's, she was hit by a moving Toyota Hilux trying to turn right.
The impact sent the girl flying through the air and left a large dent in the bonnet of the Hilux.
A witness said he saw the girl fly though the air, higher than the stopped cars, and land on the bitumen in the turning lane.
Police at the scene said she had a badly broken leg and other serious injuries and the driver of the car would not have seen the girl coming.
Sergeant Rod Venn said it was the second pedestrian accident in that area in six months. He warned people against crossing the busy highway without using the pedestrian crossing.
"It is an offence not to cross the road at a crossing," Sgt Venn said.
The girl was taken to Gympie Hospital before being transported by road to Nambour Hospital in a serious condition.
She was taken straight to theatre on her arrival in Nambour Hospital Emergency.