Hit-and-run victim back home; changes made at bus stop
Posted April 30, 2008
Clayton, N.C. — A 13-year-old Johnston County girl is recovering at home after a hit and run at her bus stop. It happened on April 10 at Lassiter Farms Lane and McLemore Road in Clayton.
“All I remember is I was going across the road and I looked to the side and I saw this black car coming at me,” Maria Taylor said. “I remember screaming, 'I want to wake up, it's a dream' and then I remember waking up in the hospital.”
The state Highway Patrol said someone driving a dark sport-utility vehicle ran past the stopped school bus, hit Maria, and took off.
“I mean how could you just not stop? It's like you wanted to do it,” Maria said.
The impact from the vehicle broke Maria's jaw and leg.
“I'm glad she's home. I brought her home in a wheelchair and that's difficult,” mother Brenda Taylor said.
Since the accident, Taylor and other parents pushed to move the bus stop from a busy street corner into the subdivision.
“Well that was very exciting, very exciting to see,” Taylor said.
Taylor is also asking the Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on the roads where Maria was hit.
“So they're looking at it to lower the speed limit which would be wonderful,” she said.
Meanwhile, the person who hit Maria has yet to be caught.
“I want them to be caught. I want them to know what they did was wrong and I don't want them to ever do it again,” Maria said.
Troopers said they are looking for a dark-colored Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon, made between 1992 and 1999. The SUV's passenger-side mirror fell off during the hit-and-run, and it could have front-end damage, troopers said.
Anyone who sees a vehicle matching the description, should call Clayton police at 919-553-4611 or dial *HP from a cell phone.