Pennsylvania police have arrested a man after he allegedly struck a 14-year-old girl with his car outside of her high school, as reported by CBS Philadelphia.
James H. Clark IV, 32, is said to have been traveling 46 mph in a 25 mph zone when he struck 14-year-old Kelly Williams outside of Abington High School. Abington Township Police Chief John Livingood says the teen girl was FaceTiming with a friend when she walked into the road and was struck.
“[Her friend] could actually see her,” he said. “He was on the phone with her on FaceTime, and he saw the phone go flying up in the air, and heard the screaming.”
Williams was taken to Children’s Hosptial of Philadelphia where she suffered liver, kidney and spleen lacerations; fractures to her T3 vertebrae, pelvis and leg; a dislocated shoulder; eye and eyelid injuries; a concussion and multiple abrasions, according to police records.
Authorities think the 14-year-old will survive, which is a miracle unto itself, as District Attorney Kevin Steele described the accident as beyond brutal.
“The victim was hit with such force that she flew up in the air and landed 102 feet away,” he said.
Steele has also accused Clark of distracted driving, noting that it was a school zone and students were everywhere.
“This crash involving a speeding car and a girl crossing a street within a marked crosswalk happened right outside of a high school as teenagers were coming and going to sports tryouts, cheerleading practice and other activities that signal the beginning of the school year,” he said. “Distracted driving and speed are a deadly combination. Drivers owe it to the community and to our young people to exercise extra caution and pay special attention to their surroundings in and around our schools.”
Clark was arrested and charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, reckless endangerment and other charges in connection with the crash. He will face a preliminary hearing on October 11.
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