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Chapel Hill child recovering from crash

Posted November 1, 2010 4:36 p.m. EDT
Updated November 2, 2010 12:15 p.m. EDT

— 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."

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.