7-year-old girl in coma after she was struck by a truck while getting down from school bus in Maryland
Skyla Shirriel has been placed in a medical coma after the accident and is fighting for her life, but is expected to pull through and make a recovery
A seven-year-old Maryland schoolgirl is fighting for her life after she was struck by a pickup truck while getting off the school bus on Tuesday.
Skyla Shirriel is in a coma after the incident, which happened at around 3:45 pm, with the truck barely missing a few other children in the mishap as well.
According to a press release from the Charles County Sheriff's Office, the bus from the TC Elementary School in Bryantown had stopped in the northbound lane of Oliver Shop Road near Trotter Road to drop Skyla. Witnesses said the bus had activated its flashing red lights and flashing stop sign at the stop, with the seven-year-old safely crossing in front of the bus before being struck down on the southbound lane.
Police say the truck, a Ford F-250, was being driven by a 35-year-old woman, though the identity of the woman has not been made public. The driver remained at the scene while Skyla was airlifted to a nearby children's hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma.
Family friend Mike Wathen, who lives with Skyla and her father with his children, confirmed that the seven-year-old was placed in the coma and said his children were almost struck as well. "The other three little boys were pretty shook up," he told WJLA. "They had a tough time last night. They just had questions about what happened to her. They all saw it."
Bus driver Joselyn Brown said that drivers ignoring the stop signs and blinking lights was all too common a problem. "I will see them coming and know they're not gonna stop," she revealed. "I push my horn until they go by [and] they still don’t stop. All of us experience it every day."
"Just stop! Stop when you see the yellow lights even," she added, exasperatedly. "Slow down! Stop! Somebody’s child is gonna get hurt just like what happened yesterday."
Oliver Shop Road was closed from Trotter Road to Edelen Dr after the accident. In a statement released on their Facebook page, the sheriff's office wrote, "By now most of you heard about the terrible crash in which a 7-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle as she was crossing the street after getting off her school bus. I don’t have any updates this morning. So for now, I just want to leave a little pink heart to show our support. We care so much. Travel safely. Know we are here for you."
Members from the Traffic Operations Unit of the Charles County Sheriff's Office are looking into the accident, but it has reportedly been determined that the driver did not stop for the stop sign or the blinking lights. Charges are expected to be brought against the 35-year-old woman pending the conclusions of the investigation.
Skyla is expected to pull through her injuries.