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Brother, Sister Hit By Car Trying To Get On School Bus

Last updated on Sunday, September 30, 2012

(LAFAYETTE) - Harrions High School Junior jasmine Starrett says it was just another day of getting on the school bus, when a car came around the corner and everything went blank.

WLFI reports, 17-year-old Starrett and her 12 year-old brother, Kyle were hit by a car when they were crossing the street to get on the school bus early Friday morning.

Starrett said they has to cross one lane of traffic on County Road 300, to get on the bus and said she doesn't ever remember seeing a car coming toward them.

Starrett woke up in the hospital with her father standing by her side. That is when she was told she had been hit by a car and was in the hospital.

The Harrison High School junior said her whole body is covered in cuts and bruises. Starrett said her brother, who attends Battle Ground Middle School, is in much better shape and said that's the most important thing.

Their mother, Tricia Strickler, said she was 3 hours away in a meeting when she got the call that her kids were involved in a hit and run. Strickler said school buses have stop signs for a reason.

Starrett said she's thankful to be alive. She said she's not giving up hope that she'll still be able to go to Harrison's Homecoming dance Saturday. She said her main focus is getting better and moving on with her life. Strickler said if she could talk to the person who hit both her children she'd said just one thing.

Starrett said she didn't understand why the person who hit her and her brother didn't stop. She says it makes it hard to forgive someone, when they don't have enough compassion to even stop.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the hit and run. The suspect vehicle is described as a small, dark SUV or a large passenger car.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department or make an anonymous report using the WeTip hotline.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department: 765-423-9388, WeTip: 1-800-782-7463

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