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Teen Heading to School Hit By a Car in Pulaski County

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. - "It was the scariest thing I've ever been through."

LaDonna Dollarhide is still reeling after witnessing what happened to her son Wednesday morning in south Pulaski county.

"I never thought that I would be in any kind of position to see my son laying on the road not knowing what condition that he was in."

Her happy and funny 15-year-old son, Jaden, walks this road every day to his aunt's house to catch a ride to Sheridan High School.

And, Wednesday started like any other. 

"I gave him his cinnamon roll," Dollarhide says.

"He said 'I love you mom' and he walked out."

But, his routine changed in an instant just one house down from his aunt's.

"I thought someone had hit the trash can."

Kayla Sheeks lives nearby. She describes what she heard.

"I looked out the window and seen a little boy laying in the road." 

Witnesses say this car was speeding down Southern Belle around 7 a.m. when it hit Jaden.

"My son was getting ready for school too and that could have happened to him," Sheeks says.

The driver's excuse? He couldn't see.

"He said his window was fogged and my first question to him was 'Why were you driving with your windows fogged, you know you have hit my son!'" Dollarhide says.

The driver was cited for reckless and prohibited driving. Jaden was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

"He didn't remember being hit," Dollarhide says.

"His backpack was thrown and his cinnamon roll."

Dollarhide now hopes for safety changes to her road.

"We need some speed bumps or something out there."

"People get in a hurry, but it's not worth a life," Sheeks adds.

And, while Jaden heals, it's a reminder that carelessness is unforgiving in a car.

"It's going to be a rough little recovery for him," Dollarhide says.

"He's going to be OK. Because I'm going to make sure of it."


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