|Published:||Oct 16, 2013 7:11 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 16, 2013 6:19 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -WINK News is learning new details tonight about the Lee County girl who was hit by a car while walking to school this morning.
Classmates at Cape Coral High School tell us the girl is Anastasiya Fairall. Right now the junior is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.
We're told she was crossing Santa Barbara Boulevard, and was not in a crosswalk or at a light.
Some people say as 50 or 60 teens can be seen crossing this road at a time to get to and from the school.
Fog and flashing lights greeted arriving students at Cape Coral High School Wednesday morning. "I thought it was just a regular accident and then I saw, and then I heard someone got hit and I'm like wow," said one classmate.
Friends tell us Anastasiya Fairall, seen in this Facebook photo, tried to cross the street, when a white car hit her.
"When I heard this morning that it was her, I started crying. I couldn't believe it," said friend Bella Mingione.
Firefighters say the impact smashed the windshield, and knocked the teen unconscious.
"I went over there and I saw Anastasiya, and she's just laying on the floor, and she was breathing but she wasn't moving at all," said junior Damien Gingrey.
Firefighters say she was not using the crosswalk which is right down the street. Some students admit they don't use it either, and will instead take a chance on this busy road.
But after school, anyone who tried to cross illegally got a citation.
Parents question the speed limit on Santa Barbra Boulevard. It's 45 miles per hour, and there is no school zone. "People are driving here very fast,45 minimum so they should have like a 35 and maybe lights. That's a really good idea. Maybe lights," said Cape Coral resident Alessia Leathers.
Students say the school broadcasted an announcement telling them to make sure and use the crosswalks.
Her step-father, who calls her 'Stacy' says she's in the I-C-U, and should be there for several days recovering from her injuries.
Richard Fairell said she and a friend were running across Santa Barbara Boulevard to Dunkin' Donuts when she was hit.
But, given the fact that she was involved in such a serious accident this morning, he says she is very lucky.
Fairall says he is very thankful to Stacy's friend who was with her this morning. She apparently grabbed Stacy and tried to pull her back before she was hit.
Had she not, he believes her injuries would have been much worse.