Young girl recovering after being hit by car

Published 11:25 pm Monday, May 12, 2008

VIDALIA — A Vidalia girl was treated and released from Natchez Community Hospital Monday after being the victim of a hit and run on Mother’s Day.

Truniya Davis, 6, is resting comfortably at home, said a relieved Shawntel Moody, the girl’s mother.

Moody said she and her daughter were celebrating Mother’s Day at a neighborhood barbecue on Concordia Park Drive when the incident occurred. According to witnesses, Davis was riding her bike on the side of the road when a tan Chevrolet Malibu struck her. Moody did not witness the incident.

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Witnesses said the impact sent Davis flying through the air before landing harshly against the concrete road. According to a deputy report released by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s office, one witness stated he “heard a thump and a child scream.”

Lakeisha Robinson, a witness and family friend, said a female was behind the wheel. Two males who were sitting on the hood of the car obstructed the driver’s view.

Robinson said a male witness attempted to flag down the car before it sped off.

Davis’s bike now rests in Robinson’s front yard, where Robinson continues to search for answers.

“Who would do something like that?” she asked. How can you have no conscience, no nothing? We want to know who (the driver) is and does she have kids?”

Davis was rushed to Natchez Community Hospital, where she stayed overnight. She has abrasions on her back and chest and her leg is badly bruised, but she’s expected to make a full recovery.

“Anybody who knows who it is please turn them in because nobody should hit somebody’s child and leave like that,” Moody said.

The incident remains under investigation.