JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A Jacksonville woman was arrested late Friday night after a hit-and-run case that sent a 12-year-old girl to the hospital while she was waiting for her bus to go to school.
They arrested 24-year-old Julia Locke of Jacksonville. She's facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and battery.
According to an arrest report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Locke said that she saw a school bus stopped with flashing lights in the opposite direction that she was driving Friday morning in the area of Old Tom Box Road and Brister Drive.
In the report, Locke said that she didn't see the stop sign pulled out from the bus and continued driving past it. Locke went on to say that she realized she hit a child but continued on to a store, bought cigarettes and took an alternate route home. She also said in the report that she never made an attempt to check on the 12-year-old girl.
The victim's mother is Shannon Plaster. She told THV 11 that her daughter, Samantha Plaster, was initially knocked out upon impact but later regained consciousness. Doctors treated her at Arkansas Children's Hospital for a number of scrapes and bruises and released her Friday afternoon.
"You would think something like this would never happen, but when it does happen to you, it stuns you," Plaster said. "Bus pulled up, he turned his lights on, and the next thing I know, I see her books go up in the air, and then I see her flip three times," Plaster said.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office called this case a hit-and-run. It happened near Old Tom Box Road and Brister Drive around 7:30 Friday morning.
"From her hip all the way down, she has scrapes and scratches and bruises," Plaster said.
The girl's mother told THV 11, that just before this happened Friday morning, her daughter was waiting for the bus on one side of Old Tom Box Road. Her mother and father were actually there; they'd driven her down to the bus stop. Plaster says her daughter was hit by a car before she had a chance to cross the street and get on the bus.
"When the car hit her, she didn't even step on the pavement yet," Plaster said. "Why would they do something like that? Because to me a child is the most precious thing in the world."
As for her daughter going forward, doctors said that Samantha Plaster will be sore for a few days, but she has no broken bones. Her mother added that her daughter doesn't remember much about the impact--just hearing a horn and then everything going black.
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