Friday, Oct. 05 2012 10:55AM
‘It was crazy’
Witnesses recount child struck by vehicle in Lee’s Summit
By Toriano Porter
A trip to Lee’s Summit to visit friends tuned into something much more for a pair of Blue Springs teenagers Oct. 3.
Friends Ally Fisher and Katie Halvorsen witnessed a 5-year-old Lee’s Summit boy being struck by a vehicle in the Sage Crossing Apartment complex near Chipman Road and Howard Street around 4:30 p.m.
According to Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue a white Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling through the parking lot at the apartment complex when the boy darted out in front of the truck and was struck.
The boy sustained non-life threatening injuries and was alert and conscious when transported from the scene.
As dozens of witnesses and residents of the area gathered near the accident scene, Fisher and Halvorsen relayed the incident in its entirety as they saw it.
“I actually saw the car oncoming towards the little kid who was crossing the street on his scooter,” Fisher said as police cordoned off the area with tape. “(The driver) didn’t stop. He ran into the car and fell onto the ground and he was bleeding. (The driver) came out of the car and freaked out and then she ran off. I immediately ran over to the kid to see if he was OK because he was bleeding all over. I made sure he was OK. A bunch of adults came around, so I kind of backed off.”
Fisher later added: “I saw a little girl with (the driver) when she got out of the car. She (the driver) ran off. I thought she was going to go get someone, but I don’t think she ever came back.”
Halvorsen said she didn’t actually witness the incident, but she heard the impact of the driver hitting the boy.
“I was facing my car, so I didn’t see anything,” she said, “but, I heard this loud thump and I was like ‘what was that?’ I turned around and I saw this kid on the (ground) and this lady in a car and then (the lady screamed an expletive). She ran; without shoes on. She just like bolted away.”
Depue said an investigation into the crash continues. He added the female driver did not have a phone on her and she ran to her apartment to call 911. She is listed in the police report as a witness.
The accident caused Fisher and Halvorsen a brief moment of panic.
“I saw the whole thing,” Fisher said. “I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ It kind of scared me.”
Added Halvorsen: “I’m still shaking; it was so weird. It was crazy.”