Injured 6-year-old home after being struck by hit-and-run driver

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A 6-year-old Coweta County girl is out of the hospital and back home after a hit-and-run driver struck her after she got off a school bus.

But family members still are coming to grips with why the incident happened, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“Who would not want to wait?” Mikayla Pedrick, older sister of Lulu Pedrick, said, “and then just go around the bus and do that to a little girl.”

Lulu Pedrick suffered a concussion, two leg fractures and damage around her eye, Channel 2 reported.

She had just gotten off the bus in her neighborhood Monday afternoon when the driver of a Hummer 2 came from around a curve, changed lanes into oncoming traffic and passed two stopped cars and the bus, according to police.

The bus driver attempted to stop Pedrick and the vehicle but couldn’t get the girl’s attention, and the driver continued past the bus, police said.

When the girl stepped out from the front of the bus to cross the street, the Hummer hit her with the front passenger side bumper, police said. The driver continued into the neighborhood.

Gloria Blevins, 43, later was arrested at her home, police said. She’s charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, not stopping for a school bus and passing in a no-passing zone.

Lulu’s mother, Nicole Cochran, said she hopes the incident sends a message.

“There’s nothing that urgent,” she said. “Nothing.”

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