Student relives being hit by car

Brandi Lester

April 7, 2011 7:32:45 PM PDT
A Wake County high school student, who was stuck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday morning, spoke exclusively to ABC11 Eyewitness News about her horrific experience.

Brandi Lester, 15, was on the way to school when she was hit. She's recovering from her injuries at WakeMed and says the person who hit her didn't even look back to see how she was doing.

"After I got hit, I didn't even know what was going on," Lester said. "I was just in so much pain, and I was on the ground crying."

The emotions are fresh on the teen's face as she tries to understand how someone could hit her with a vehicle and not bother to stop.

"If I seen a child on the road, I, I would have helped them," she said.

Lester says she was walking to her bus stop around 6:30 a.m. Thursday and was about to cross Calumet Drive.

"When I first walked onto the street I looked, I looked both ways," she said.

The road was clear but then, just as she was crossing, a light colored SUV came barreling her way.

"It was going real fast," she added.

She remembers seeing a man behind the wheel just before she was hit.

"He looked me right in my eyes and kept on going," Lester said.

She says she was in the middle of the road in agonizing pain. "I was crying cause I was in so much pain."

Barely able to move, she was forced into action by what she saw next.

"It was a lot of cars coming after that car and they just kept on driving too," Lester said.

Eventually, she says two women who live in a nearby apartment complex came to her aide and called for help.

The Enloe High School sophomore suffered two broken bones and has lots of bruises. She's surrounded by her family, healing and hoping the person who hurt her does the right thing and turns himself in.

"It's not right to just hit people and keep going," Lester said.

Raleigh police say the SUV will have some front-end damage. If you know anything that can help crack the case, give police a call.

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