Little Girl Hit by Car Recovering at Home in Hearne

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

An 8 year-old little girl is recovering, physically and emotionally, after being hit by a car yesterday afternoon in Hearne.

The 18-year-old driver of the car was ticketed for not having a driver's license
News 3 has more on what happened, and how the little girl's family has concerns about safety in that neighborhood.

"She's scared to go out in the road. She's scared to go outside," said the victim's uncle, James Lewis.

8 year-old Tytianna Miller has a fractured foot, scrapes and cuts on her body and a swollen, bruised right eye.

Miller said, "I got on the curb and I tried not to get hit, but I had got hit."

This was the scene of the accident, Thursday afternoon, when Hearne Police say 18 year-old Valeria Leon-Martinez's car collided with Tytianna's bicycle, on Rose Marie Blvd.
She was arrested for not having a driver's license.

Tytianna's cousin Sallie was just a few feet away when the accident happened.

"I just heard it, it made a loud noise and it say, boom! I thought maybe she had a blowout or something, so then I looked, but when I looked, I seen the bike fly up," said Sallie Miller.

Police say Martinez looked down at her phone before the accident happened. She also failed to control her car and was unaware of her surroundings, in this neighborhood, where children play.

Lewis said, "See how the cars are speeding through now? They're speeding you know, and it don't make no sense."

The speed limit on Rose Marie Blvd. is 30 miles per hour, but we saw several cars speeding by while we were in the neighborhood.

Hearne police were also patrolling the area, but it's not enough to make this family feel safe.

"It traumatized us you know? We got to find somewhere else to go," said Lewis.

They're moving the first chance they get.

Hearne police say Martinez paid a $210 fine in order to be released from custody.

Detectives are also looking into finding parts to repair little Tytianna's bicycle so it will be ready for her when she feels comfortable enough to ride again.

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