SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Family and friends of a Schenectady girl who was struck by a driver are asking for prayers for her speedy recovery as well as defending her actions the night of the accident.
Her father spoke with NEWS10 ABC reporter Anya Tucker over the phone. He said he and Navaiah’s mother are by her side at the hospital. Friends also said they are praying for her.
People in her neighborhood said she is a sweet little girl with a warm smile and great personality.
“Beautiful, outgoing little 6-year old,” family friend Michelle Barr said. “She gets along with everybody. I’ve known her since she was a baby. She’s not careless. That’s why it’s hard to believe that it actually happened.”
Navaiah is said to be fighting for her life. Her mother, Bridget Lowery, told NEWS10 ABC that on the night of the accident, her daughter had asked her older brother and a friend if it was okay to cross the street. Lowery said the little girl tripped and was trying to get back up when she was struck.
“They’ve always lived in a busy area, so she knows not to run into the street,” Barr said. “Whatever it is, I hope they figure it out.”
Her parents said Navaiah suffered a fractured skull, internal injuries and broken bones. Police said they ruled out speed, alcohol and drugs as a factor in the incident.
But neighbors and Barr said it’s not uncommon for cars to speed through the neighborhood, and the girl’s extensive injuries tell another story.
“I mean, how do you know?” she wondered. “You know, the girl, look at her. She’s hurt severely. Thirty miles per hour? It’s got to be worse than that.”
Police are not pursuing any charges against the driver.