Mother and daughter hit in crosswalk
Keller Russell reports. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
SHEBOYGAN - A young girl and her mother were rushed to the hospital after getting hit by a car near an elementary school.
While police investigate, the girl's father is talking about his daughter's condition.
“Your heart sinks to the ground. It’s a terrible feeling,” Sean Olson said about the phone call he got at work.
His mother was on the other line. A Suburban had hit his 6-year-old daughter Aubrey.
“I just hung up the phone and ran to the hospital,” Olson explained.
The accident happened less than a block from Cooper Elementary School,near the intersection of N. 20th Street and Calumet Ave.
The first grader and her mom were walking home from school in a marked cross walk with the help of a crossing guard, when a driver hit them.
Sean Olson tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Keller Russell, the Suburban drove around another vehicle that was stopped for the crosswalk, just as Aubrey and her mom stepped into the street.
Aubrey’s mother took the direct hit.
KELLER RUSSELL: “Had Aubrey been on that other side?"
OLSON: “She’d probably be dead. No doubt in my mind.”
Aubrey flew about 20 feet and has a bad concussion. “Aubrey has no idea where she is right now, no idea what happened, “ Olson said.
Surprisingly, she was treated at the hospital and released to recover at home Friday night.
Olson tells us he’s not angry and that accidents happen. But he does have a message for other drivers, knowing how lucky his daughter is. “Let’s just use our heads; both hands on the wheel, eyes on the road.”
Aubrey's mother has many broken bones and is in the hospital. Sean Olson tells TODAY’S TMJ4 the man is 19 years old and recently moved here from Montana. The Sheboygan police department says the 19-year-old driver was arrested for an unrelated charge.