A witness to a hit-and-run wants crosswalks in her La Vergne neighborhood to make it safer for pedestrians.
Ericka Monroe told News 2 she rendered aid to the teen struck Sunday at the intersection of Stones River and Murfreesboro Roads.
Monroe said the driver of an SUV hit the young girl and kept driving.
“I saw a young lady fly onto the sidewalk. They stopped for a moment and then they took off,” she told News 2.
The driver, who police say is Bertha Trejo, took off after allegedly hitting the 15-year-old girl at the busy intersection.
“She had to be hit pretty hard, the whole front headlight side was on the ground,” explained Monroe.
She said she helped the teen until paramedics arrived.
“I was holding her head and she was just screaming in pain,” Monroe recalled. “I mean she was in such agony it was just unbelievable. She had cracked teeth, you could see her gums bleeding. She had really big knots on her face, she was bleeding from her face and when she tried to stand up shed collapse, it’s like her leg gave out,” said Monroe.
It’s unclear if the teen was crossing the street at the time she was hit or simply walking on the sidewalk, but Monroe said crosswalks would make the area safer.
“I know if there had been a crosswalk and a light had been there for her to be able to walk across safely then maybe that driver would have paid attention to that rather than whatever she was doing when she hit the teenager.”
Monroe said with the rapid growth of the city it’s an investment that needs to be made.
“I would like to see crosswalks, you know they built the sidewalks for the pedestrians now it’s time for La Vergne to step up and make the crosswalks so it can be safe for residents that live out there to walk if they want to.”
La Vergne police told News 2 there have been two pedestrian incidents near the intersection in the past six months.
A councilman said crosswalks have not been placed on the agenda, but you can contact the city’s street department if you want to push for them.
Trejo has bonded out of jail. She is charged with failure to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident. Her court date is set for January 15.