• 14-year-old recovering after being hit by a car in Oakleaf

    By: Deanna Bettineschi


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dairiona Wilson is praying for her best friend, Shnaida Mentor.

    Shnaida is the 14-year-old girl who was hit by a car on her way to Oak Leaf High School Friday morning.

    Wilson says her friend was hit when traffic near the school is at its peak.

    "There's so much traffic you can't see," said Wilson.

     Student Morgan Blythe says the bad traffic situation near Oak Leaf High is nothing new and her friend was also hit by a car on the same overpass just last year.

    "A truck was driving in the grass and it grazed the shoulder of my friend from the mirror of the truck," said Blythe.

    Lt. Ron Hodges, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, says these incidents happen when both drivers and students let their guards down.

    He says he hope this will make students more aware of their surroundings.

    "Stay on the crosswalk, do not cross until you get to the crosswalk," said Hodges.

    Wilson hopes changes will be made to the area whether there be a crossing guard or an officer stationed by the overpass.

    For now she hopes her friend pulls through.

    Wilson called Shnaida's  family to see how she is doing.

    The family told her she has a gash on her head.

    Police say the driver that hit Shnaida  wasn't speeding.

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