VENUS –– A 13-year-old girl was hospitalized in Fort Worth Friday morning after a hit and run driver ran her down at her school bus stop.
The dark-colored pickup truck hit the girl at about 7:15 a.m. in the 8900 block of Karen's Corner near the town of Venus in Johnson County. Cherry Burger broke her hip and ankle during the incident, her mother said.
"All I hear is the little kids across the street screaming at me, 'Cherry just got hit by a truck,'" said Elizabeth Burger, the girl's mother.
A helicopter ambulance flew the girl to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Sheriff's investigators were searching for the driver of that dark colored pickup. Officials say it is possibly green. That was the only identifying information released Friday afternoon.
Burger says she heard children screaming, and saw her crumpled child next to the road. She says Cherry was weeping and never lost consciousness.
"I wouldn't let her move; internal injuries, I was worried about that. And her nose was all bloody," she said.
Her daughter never saw the truck, but Burger believes other children did. When the pickup struck Cherry, she wasn't the only child waiting for the bus. Neighbors say there are sometimes a half dozen children waiting in the mornings.
"It's bus stop time," Burger said. "He could have mowed them all down."
That section of Karen's Corner is straight with good visibility. The speed limit there is 30 miles per hour. Neighbors complain that drivers routinely speed down the street.
"There's no way they could not have seen her unless they were texting or whatever," Elizabeth Burger said.