Cotton Center student injured after hit by a truck - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/4/10

Cotton Center student injured after hit by a truck driven by a teacher

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COTTON CENTER, TX (KCBD) - An area high school student is out of the hospital, after she says she was hit by a truck driven by her teacher.

DPS is investigating the accident that happened on Thursday in Cotton Center.

It was homecoming week for Cotton Center and on the day before the game students, for years, have painted the main street in town with well wishes for the football team, but on Thursday, this tradition turned tragic.

High school sophomore Victoria Gonzalez is home from the hospital now, but says she's still in shock about what happened.

"It's just hard because you never think about it, like you are going to get hit by a truck or anything," said Gonzalez.

She was just one of dozens of students who gathered on FM 179 to spray paint the street in preparation of Cotton Center's homecoming game.

High school junior Matthew Stickney says he saw a truck coming towards the group and yelled at Victoria to get out of the way, but watched as she was struck.

"I thought she was dead there for a minute, but then she started making noise and her eyes started to open," said Stickney.

Matthew says he then saw a Cotton Center teacher get out from behind the wheel.

"It wasn't my fault, I wasn't trying to play chicken with the truck, I was just out there to have fun," said Gonzalez.

Victoria suffered multiple fractures in her pelvis and had two open puncture wounds.

"I just took off my shirt and held pressure on it until the medics got there," said Stickney.

"There needs to be somebody responsible, and I don't feel like it should be Victoria," said Gonzalez's mother Yvonne Jimenez.

Jimenez says after talking with the teacher's insurance company, it appears because Victoria was in the street, her medical bills will not be covered by the driver's insurance.

Although this tradition has gone on for years, it is not affiliated with Cotton Center ISD.

"It happened once and it doesn't need to happen again so we're not going to do it again, so we will probably just paint sidewalks at the school or something, but it doesn't need to happen to anybody else," said Gonzalez.

Friends and family say they are just happy she's alive.

"I cried when I hugged her, I'm just thankful she's ok," said Stickney.

The family is told Victoria's medical bills could total at least $90,000 they are working with Medicaid for assistance.

We did contact the Cotton Center teacher involved and she did not wish to comment. 

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