Edmond teen recovering after bus stop hit and run

Edmond teen recovering after bus stop hit and run

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Chelsey Isaacs still remembers seeing a car speeding over the hill near NE 122nd and Ecker Monday morning.

"My first instinct was to get out of the way, and I noticed they were swerving into the other lane," said Chelsey.

The car was headed west, but swerved all the way to left and hit Chelsey who was waiting for the school bus to pick her up.

"All I remember was seeing the headlights," she recalled, "and I woke up in the ditch."

Chelsey was knocked unconscious.

"My neighbor's dog is what woke me up," she said, "I just heard the dog barking and I was like 'oh my god, what happened?'"

The driver that hit Chelsey was nowhere in sight.

"I just started screaming," said Chelsey, "and none of the cars stopped, I couldn't walk because my neck and my back were hurting."

Unable to find help, the 15-year old girl started crawling, and her neighbor's dog, Jake kept barking.

"Jake doesn't lie to me," said Chauncey Moody, Chelsey's neighbor, "when there's something out here-- he lets me know."

It was dark and chilly, but Jake kept barking at Moody, until he stepped outside.

"I saw this young girl, crawling across my driveway and across my lawn," Chauncey recalled.

Moody immediately recognized Chelsey.  He called 911, then called Chelsey's mother, Sharon Sebert, who was still at work in Norman.

"When I went into the trauma room, I just started crying," said Sebert, "I couldn't help it."

Chelsey was transported to OU Medical Center with a cervical strain, she also suffered several cuts and bruises during the accident.

"What a terrible thing to do, to keep driving when you hit somebody's kid," said Sebert.

Chelsey is recovering at home, and must wear a neck brace for the next few weeks.  Her mother and neighbors say the accident draws attention to the speeding problem on NE 122nd.

"You can just sit on the side of that road and see how fast they go," said Sebert, "they go way too fast."

Many drivers clock in speeds well over the limit of 35 miles per hour.  Camp out at the intersection for a while, and you'll find it's rare to see a patrol car.

"It is important for drivers to understand that students are out there," said Susan Parks-Schlepp, a spokesperson for Edmond Public Schools.

Parks-Schlepp says Chelsey is not the only student who catches the bus on NE 122nd.  Parks-Schlepp says district officials are working on relocating bus stops along this road to a safer area, but small, rural roads pose tremendous challenges when finding a suitable bus stop location.  

District officials also say drivers routinely pose safety problems for bus drivers and students.

"Motorists routinely speed around our buses and not only that, but they disregard the flashing lights," Parks-Schlepp explained.

For Moody, Chelsey's accident is one too many, and as a retired law enforcement officer, he wants to sit down with city officials to address the speeding problem.

"Hopefully they'll have the intelligence, the training, and the desire to implement some type of safety that we can feel better about having our children out on the streets," he said.

No one knows who hit Chelsey, but until the answer surfaces-- Sebert has this message for the driver.

"My daughter laying out in the road," she said, "you could have at least stopped, and helped her get up or something or see if she was still breathing, or alive, or anything, not just keep going."

If you know anything that can help, call Oklahoma City Police at 235-7300.

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