Girl Recovering After Being Hit by Vehicle

2013-04-02T02:15:00Z Girl Recovering After Being Hit by VehicleBy Kimberlee Kruesi - Twin Falls Times-News

BURLEY • The girl hit by a vehicle while a crossing a street in Burley is still in the hospital after suffering severe head, back and hip injuries.

Alexis Noriega, 12, was hit on Friday, March 29, while walking her bike across the street in the 2400 block of Overland Avenue.

Noriega was immediately transported to Cassia Regional Medical Center and then to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Utah, said Anne Sandlian, Noriega’s great-grandmother.

According to Sandlian, Noriega’s accident resulted in a skull fracture, broken pelvis and shattered hip joint along with severe skin abrasions on her back.

On Saturday, Noriega underwent surgery to reconstruct her hip and pelvis, Sandlian said.

“This wasn’t a small accident,” she said. “Even the driver who hit her didn’t think it was that bad at first. But doctors told us several times she is lucky to be alive and even luckier not to be paralyzed.”

Noriega was crossing the street with a friend to shop for a poster at King’s, Sandlian said. Vehicles had stopped for the two girls to cross. But a driver in the inside lane of traffic failed to stop and struck Noriega, Cassia County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Jensen said last week. Sandlian said the driver didn’t know the two girls were there.

An update on the investigation into the crash was not available Monday. Calls to the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office from the Times-News were not returned.

Noriega is still currently staying at the hospital but is expected to come home this week, Sandlian said.

“She’s a plucky girl but the angels were with her that day,” she said. “We’re so thankful she’s alive.”

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