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Chapel Hill child recovering from crash

Posted November 1, 2010
Updated November 2, 2010

— A Chapel Hill 7-year-old was recovering at UNC Childrens Hospital Monday after she was struck by a vehicle on Sunday.

I'Doniya Brittian got out of a church van at Sykes Street and Gomains Avenue and crossed in front of the vehicle. Tanisha Lynette Alston, 31, of 770 Rogers Road in Chapel Hill, passed the stopped van on the left and hit I'Doniya.

"As I'm walking to the bus, I'm seeing a car flying over the hill. Then the next thing I know, my daughter is flying up in the air," I'Doniya's father, Heath Brittian said.

He said he may never shake that image. I'Doniya will be fine, but the next child may not be so lucky. Heath Brittian said Gomains Avenue, where children play, is an accident waiting to happen. He urged drivers to follow the law and obey the 25 mph speed limit.

"Just please slow down," he said. "Just slow down and pay attention for the kids."

Family asks drivers to slow down after crash Family asks drivers to slow down after crash

According to police, Alston was going about 20 mph. She was charged at the scene with driving without a license.

I'Doniya had a compressed vertebrae, doctors said, but she was in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery.




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  • niesha0105 Nov 4, 2010

    The driver DOES have a valid drivers license. Unfortunately she did not have the picture id with her. Secondly, there are conflicting stories. The father claims that the driver was "flying down the hill". The police stated that she was driving 20 mph, which is 5 miles below the posted speed limit.She did stop and call 911. This was a accident. This entire could have had a totally different outcome had she been speeding or drinking. I hope that the parents of this community rally together to ensure that signs are placed and that this neighborhood receives speed bumps. Kids are always out playing in this area and unfortunately they are not always supervised by adults. No one is to blame. We should all be thankful that this was not a tragedy. Let's make something good come out of this so that it does not happen again.

  • tritonlm6 Nov 3, 2010

    How do you pronounce her name?

  • lorivalentine1 Nov 2, 2010

    ann53ozzy - The only crime the driver apparently committed was that she was driving without a liscense. Now granted she did not show good judgement in passing the church van (not bus) but the responsibility does lie with the parents and driver of the church van to ensure the child has proper supervision when crossing the road.
    Sad situation but there is blame all around. Thankfully the driver of the car was not speeding.. and the child is ok. I bet the parents will now take more responsibility for their kids and yes the child might be more cautious for a while but kids are kids and need constant reminding and supervision.

  • Common Sense Man Nov 2, 2010

    "Getting off of a church van does not necessarily mean "darting in the street." -- Common Sense Man

    Ummm....clearly it did. Or, do you think the child was just standing in the street..."la la la la laaa...I just love my Barbie dolls"...and the car saw her and intentionally ran her over?"

    So every pedestrian that gets hit has to be "darting in the street?" Wow, didn't realize everything was so black and white in your world.

  • mpheels Nov 2, 2010

    anne53ozzy, what are you talking about? The driver of the car DID stop, and she wasn't drinking. She didn't have a valid driver's license, and has been ticketed accordingly. None of that changes that fact that a child walked out in front of a car that was traveling below the posted speed, and there are things that could have been done to prevent it.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 2, 2010

    ncwiseguy Shame on you. The person who his this child did not have the moral tenant to stop and address this crime. The driver committed the crime. Not the child. Nor the pareants.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 2, 2010

    IF they had caught this driver and he was drunk it would be the headline. AGAIN speeding is a chronic and terrible issue on the roads.....

  • ncwiseguy Nov 2, 2010

    there are several things wrong with this situation.....

    1. a church bus or van running a route that requires the kids getting off to cross the street to get home instead of simply stepping to the curbside where the home is located

    2. lack of adult supervision for a child who is, by whatever circumstances, having to cross the street (note the father did witness the accident, so he was in the immediate area. what was he doing?)

    3. speed bumps in all residential neighborhood are cost prohibitive.......parents you should take responsibility for situations where your kids are near the street

    4. "gomains avenue where children play is an accident waiting to happen". havent the kids been taught that playing in the street is NOT ALLOWED

    hindsight is 20/20............i bet the little one wont ever be allowed to get in the road again without adult supervision.

  • tamalajohnson Nov 2, 2010

    Well put!!

  • cbrittian2006 Nov 2, 2010

    Hello to all: I am I'Doniya's mother. For all that were touched enough to comment on her story. Thank you...that means our unfortunate situation has gotten your attention. Now, what happened to my daughter was an accident. No more, no less. She is healing and doing alright. For the record, I am not bitter towards anyone. We are blessed, our daughter is alive. The only thing I really want is for there to be speed bumps and signs posted in our neighborhood, so that no other children have to be injured, or possibly killed. God Bless each one of you and if you have children, when you get home this afternoon, hug them, each one is a blessing.

    Christie Brittian