A 17-year-old girl is recovering after being hit by an SUV as she was walking to school in north Harris County. Parents and students are concerned about the lack of street lights around the Aldine ISD high school campus.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said LifeFlight was called to Spears-Gears Road near Bartlett Cove around 6:30 a.m. to transport the student to Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Officials said the 17-year-old girl was walking to school with a group of friends along Spears-Gears when she was hit by the SUV.
Deputies said the impact of the crash was so severe that the headlight on the passenger side of the vehicle was smashed in and the hood was dented.
Ernestine Lindsey, a neighbor, told Local 2 the victim, Alexis, is a Davis High School student.
Lindsey said she did not witness the accident, but held the Alexis' hand until police arrived.
"She was moaning," Lindsey said. "She was severely hurt. Her nose was bloody, her face was swelling, her body was bruised."
At last check, Alexis was in serious condition.
Neighbors in the community are hoping lights or speed bumps will be placed on the street so something like this does not happen again.
Jesus Reyna walks to school every day and describes what he saw Monday morning.
"It is dark and the cars are coming and there aren't a lot of lights out here," Reyna said. "I saw her crossing the street and out of nowhere she just got hit."
He says something needs to be done about this intersection to make it safer for students.
"A crossing guard or somebody to help us cross the street, that would help a lot," said Reyna.
Police said the driver of the SUV stopped and was questioned by investigators before being released from the scene.