13-year-old victim of hit-and-run on Beacon Hill: ‘I’m a child, they could have at least stopped’
SEATTLE — Swollen and bruised, 13-year-old Aubrey Jackson said Tuesday she can’t understand how a driver could hit her while she was walking to school in a crosswalk in Beacon Hill and then keep going.
“I just wish they would have stopped and helped me,” Aubrey said of the hit-and-run Tuesday morning. “I mean, I’m a child; they could have at least stopped.”
She said she was doing everything right — the traffic light was red, the pedestrian walk sign was lit and she was walking inside the crosswalk at about 15th and Oregon. That’s when a gray, four-dour Hyundai knocked her off her feet.
“I saw the car coming and I tried to run a little faster to just get off the street and, as he was coming, he tried to slam on his brakes, but it was already too late, he had already hit me,” Aubrey said.
“It felt like a big boulder just came down on my body … it hit my right side and I just tumbled to the ground. I was top of the car and everything.”
After being knocked to the ground, Aubrey said she saw that the driver “swerved around me and ran the light.”
Aubrey was able to get up and make it the rest of the way to her middle school, where she told the nurse what happened and school officials contacted police.
"My arm is really stiff," she said. "My hand has been pretty swollen; I've been icing it on and off."
The left side of her body took the brunt of the impact and she's covered in bruises.
Anyone with information about the hit-and run is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.