Schoolgirl struck by vehicle

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Seven-year-old Faith James remained at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre up to last night, after she was run over by a vehicle while crossing Old Parham Road after school.
The T.N. Kirnon third-grader was leaving school after the 3 p.m. dismissal on Friday to meet her mother who works at a neighbouring preschool when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a woman.
The police report indicated that two vehicles stopped to allow the child to cross when the female driver allegedly overtook the waiting vehicles.
Tanasha Mason described the chaos she encountered when she was called away from her job to the scene of her daughter’s accident.
“Someone on the scene called me because Faith was conscious, and talking and she gave them my number. I met the Emergency Medical Services, the Fire Department and the police when I got there. It was like a carnival,” Mason said while thanking God for sparing her only daughter’s life.
James suffered a “detached right shoulder,” and is now wearing an arm cast. She is also receiving medication for the pain about which she has been complaining.
Speaking from her hospital bed yesterday, James said, “I’m ok. But, it hurts a lot. I am in a lot of pain,” 
James’ mother added that her child, who would usually walk over with her older brother, had been navigating the road on her own for two weeks because her brother now has after-school activities.
“Now the child is saying that she will never want to walk back on that road again. It is the same place she and her brother have been walking since she has been going to the school,” Mason added. “They [eye witnesses] said the car’s wheel ran over her right side. She is a brave little girl, she was still conscious when I rode in the ambulance with her.”
The medical team has informed Mason that her daughter could be released from the hospital soon.
Yesterday, the Traffic Department said it was still investigating the matter before determining if any charges will be laid against the driver.
The initial report of this case is similar to that of Faith Laville  (coincidentally named ‘Faith’ also) who was only four years old when she was struck and dragged under a car being driven by a female in October of last year.
The Mary E. Pigott kindergartner suffered tissue damage after her skin was removed from her legs.
At the time of the accident Laville was crossing Independence Drive on the pedestrian crossing with her two older sisters after school. Two cars slowed down to allow her to cross, and another driver sped past them and struck Laville.

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