A mother is speaking out after her two young girls were hit by a female driver yesterday morning in Summit Hill as they walked to their school bus.
"Both my daughters Jessica (age 8) and Jacquelynn (age 7) are fine," said mother LeiLani Williams of Summit Hill. "Both girls have minor cuts and bruises. Jessica has a small hairline fracture in the pelvic area and is expected to heal on its own.
"I had just gotten off work and made pancakes for the girls," said Williams. "I had them dress real warm and told them to be careful.
"Immediately after they were hit, a friend of our girls ran to my house (located about a block away) and informed me," added Williams. "I responded right away and saw emergency personnel treating both my girls. Despite all the chaos that was going on at the time, the paramedics, firefighters and police were very professional in helping my girls."
When Williams arrived at the bus stop, a friend who witnessed the incident told her that the driver of the car passed the school bus as it waited in front of the Post Office for students to cross and get on.
"That is when the driver hit Jessica," she added. "Then for some reason, the car backed up, hitting Jacquelynn."
Her friend also told her that an unknown man was also hit while trying to stop the car as it backed up.
"Everyone is saying that Jessica was dragged along the ground for 25 feet or flown in the air after the impact," said Williams. "I honestly don't think that happened, as my daughter (Jessica) and a friend who witnessed the incident told me otherwise."
Her friend added that the driver also drove past another stopped school bus on Hazard Street, which was picking up kids for Carbon County Head Start.
Williams pointed out that there was no way any of the children could expect to see the approaching vehicle, as the driver went around the bus.
"Both my girls were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest," said Williams. "My oldest stayed overnight for internal observation and is expected to be released today.
"I am extremely grateful for all the emergency responders, staff at Cedar Crest, family, friends, neighbors for their care, prayers and concern for my daughters," said Williams. "They were Godsent."