Car hits, drags high school student on first day of school

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:59am
Staff reports

An oncoming car hit and dragged Centennial High School freshman Claire Dickerson at about 7 a.m. as she attempted to cross Liberty Pike on her way to school.

WSMV reports that the 14-year-old was dragged about 50 feet down the road. She was not on school property or at an intersection when she was hit.

Williamson County Schools' spokesperson Carol Birdsong said Dickerson walked through a line of stopped cars and was hit as the stepped into the opposing lane of traffic.

Franklin Police said she was conscious when they arrived. She was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was in critical condition Thursday night.

The 59-year-old driver will not be charged, police said.

3 Comments on this post:

By: nvestnbna on 8/14/09 at 9:25

Although I'm not a spokesperson for the family and don't have the latest information, my understanding is following approx 4 hours of surgery yesterday, there are encouraging signs. Most of the concern at this point is with the head injury. She also has a fractured pelvis, but amazingly no other broken bones. She is still in critical condition and has been responsive to her family and caretakers.

By: SirKnight on 8/14/09 at 9:48

Good news, nvestn. Thanks for sharing. I have a good friend whose kids walk to Centennial HS from their home each day and have never heard of such an accident occuring there before. I remember losing a classmate of mine many years ago at that age in just the same way as this child crossed a street.

Use intersections and stop lights to cross streets, kids! PLEASE!!

The driver had to be going pretty fast to through that area to not be able to react and stop quickly even after impact with the child. Dragged her 50 feet!? Jeez!

By: TITAN1 on 8/14/09 at 12:21

Yes, good news, nvestnbna! Thanks for sharing, prayers are with her and her family.