• Gwinnett student struck waiting for bus


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County teenager is recovering after she was struck by and pinned underneath a car while she waited for her school bus Friday morning.

    Dominique O'Conner, a ninth-grader at Berkmar High School, suffered a broken pelvis, injured hand and severe facial lacerations but is expected to survive.

    "She's in a lot of pain," said her mother, Muriel O'Conner. "But she's in good spirits."

    O'Conner said her daughter left early to wait at the bus stop on Champions Parkway.

    "She was sitting on the curb waiting for the bus to arrive when some car came careening around the corner and lost control and ran up on top of her," said O'Conner.

    Her daughter's friend, Josiah Adderley, was on his way out the door when the accident happened. He wants to ask the driver how the crash happened.

    "How did you end up on the sidewalk?" asked Adderley. "That's the main thing. This street is wide enough for you to stay in the street."

    Gwinnett police are investigating the accident but did not release any details about the crash, including the driver's name or what charges he could be facing.

    Neighbors said they've complained for years that people drive too fast on Champions Parkway.

    "People don't care," said neighbor Butch Harper. "They don't have any respect for the kids that go to school here in the subdivision waiting at the bus stops."

    O'Conner said her daughter will need surgery to repair her broken pelvis, but after physical therapy, she should make a full recovery.

    "I am blessed," said O'Conner. "This could've been really bad. This could've been a lot worse that what it is, and my daughter is truly blessed. I thank my Lord every day that it wasn't worse than it is."

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