12-year-old Leah Martin hit by car in Seminole, dragged after backpack caught underneath

5:49 AM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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Seminole, Florida - Leah Martin was walking home from Seminole Middle School Thursday afternoon on 131st Street around 4:30pm.

Florida State Troopers say Leah was in the crosswalk when she was hit by a car and her backpack got caught underneath the vehicle. Paramedics had to remove the sixth grader from the undercarriage of the Honda Element.

She was listed in serious condition Thursday evening after sustaining severe injuries. Her parents were by her side all night at Bayfront Medical Center. 

Leah was flown to the hospital via helicopter. Her sister pleaded on Facebook, "Please pray for my little sister."

The driver, troopers say, was 37-year-old Lyght Hussey, a mother who was inconsolable at the scene, sobbing on the side of the road.

Witnesses prayed for the Leah's recovery. 

"As a mother, I can't imagine what the [driver] is going through. I just hope she's okay," said Debi Dietrich, a woman who broke down into tears when hearing about the little girl's accident.

Troopers say the driver will not face criminal charges, but could be ticketed for not yielding to a pedestrian.


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