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Family: Gaffney High freshman hit at bus stop going to be 'OK'

A car is towed from the scene of the wreck along Wilkinsville Highway. (May 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) A car is towed from the scene of the wreck along Wilkinsville Highway. (May 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Leslie Littlejohn appears in court on video for her bond hearing. (May 14, 2014/FOX Carolina) Leslie Littlejohn appears in court on video for her bond hearing. (May 14, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Leslie Littlejohn (Source: SCHP) Leslie Littlejohn (Source: SCHP)
A car is towed from the scene of the wreck along Wilkinsville Highway. (May 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) A car is towed from the scene of the wreck along Wilkinsville Highway. (May 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman has been charged and given bond after a Gaffney High School freshman was hit by a car on Tuesday.

Joe Walker with Cherokee County Schools said the female ninth-grade student was getting onto her bus at the bus stop along Wilkinsville Highway when she was hit by a car.

Cherokee County dispatchers said the crash happened near Chestnut Ridge Road about 7:30 a.m.

Troopers said the school bus was stopped in the northbound lane with its lights and stop sign activated when the 16-year-old girl was crossing the road to board the bus.

The driver of the Chevy Lumina was headed south when she disregarded the stop sign, hitting the girl, troopers said. They said the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and also had a child in the car, who was not injured.

Walker said the girl was flown to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center but no other details were available on her condition.

The driver of the Lumina, 24-year-old Leslie Littlejohn, was charged with violation of a beginner's permit after the collision and failure to stop for a bus resulting in great bodily injury.

A judge granted Littlejohn a combined $15,225 bond Wednesday but she was still in jail. The judge ordered her to have no contact with the victim or family, she is not allowed to drive, is on home detention and GPS monitoring.

During her bond hearing, Littlejohn said her daughter missed her bus and she was taking her to school and said she was not even going the 45 mph speed limit.

"Sun had blurred my vision" Littlejohn said. "I saw the bus but not the flashing lights."

The victim's uncle reached out to FOX Carolina about her condition a day after the collision.

"The great news is that after one surgery and a couple more later in the week, things will start to fall back into place as they should. She will have to stay off both legs for about 4 to 6 months but will be in physical and occupational therapy during this time, taking baby steps to get her strength back until she reaches full recovery," Bobby Gorski, the victim's uncle said.

"Her spirits yesterday were surprisingly high for the time that she was awake and aware of what happened. She doesn't remember getting hit but she does remember some details, a little here and a little there. Most importantly, she is going to be OK and although it will be a life change for her and her parents, it will also be a journey that I know she and the family will be able to get through and even become stronger than what they already were," Gorski said. 

The Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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