Teen says she’s “lucky to be alive” after hit by truck while trying to board the school bus


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A south Charlotte mother is still emotional just days after seeing her teenage daughter hit while crossing the street to catch the school bus. 

“I looked over and Katelynn was laying across the street. I hope nobody ever has to see that with their child. All I could think of is ‘Oh my God, is she alive?’” Katelynn Dawkins’ mother said. 

Dawkins and another student were hit by a pickup truck last Thursday as they were trying to get on their school bus. 

“I am lucky to be alive because the pole basically saved my life, and at the same time I’m thinking ‘Why did this have to happen to me?’” Dawkins said. 

Dawkins suffered a broken hand and a broken leg, that’s being held together by three screws and a metal rod, from the accident that happened at her Scaleybark Road bus stop. 

“I only saw the headlights of the truck hit me and I was basically thrown, and I was basically tumbling and rolling,” she said. 

The man accused of hitting Dawkins and another young woman, Gregory Holmes, was in court Thursday afternoon on felony charges of passing a stopped bus and striking someone. 

“I thank God every day, several times a day that she is alive and has her mind about her and she can move around,” her mother said. 

Dawkins said doctors told her recovery time will be around six months and she’ll likely return to school after the new year. With the long healing process underway, Dawkins said she’s lucky things weren’t worse, but she and her mother are still outraged by the drivers lack of awareness and compassion. 

“I am still alive. I can still talk. I have full physical mobility in my right side. I can still move my arm. I am getting better at moving my leg by myself. I just think of it as a miracle,” she said. “If you do hit someone again, please know they are probably injured and say sorry to make them feel a little bit better.”

Dawkins’ mother believes the two girls deserve an apology from Holmes. “He wasn’t even sorry that he did it. He messed up their lives. They’ll walk again, but they will have scars,” she said. 

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