Car hits teen walking to bus stop in southeast Houston


by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7:34 PM

HOUSTON -- Tammy Contreras is pushing for sidewalks along Hall Road in southeast Houston after her daughter was hit by a car.

Jessica Contreras, 14, remains at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

"Imagine your worst nightmare," said Contreras, who ran outside to find her daughter being loaded up in an ambulance. "She's in a lot pain, has bruising and swelling."

The teen was walking with her sister to a school bus stop along Hall road where there are no sidewalks; a car slammed into Jessica.

Her sister Diana was able to jump out of the way.

"I started walking and I heard a big bump," she said. "I saw my sister laying down, I just saw her legs and stuff all scattered."

Jessica's mom says it's time sidewalks are installed along the road.

"How many kids will have to get hurt or somebody will have to die before they actually put sidewalks in the common areas," she says.

But getting a sidewalk built isn't easy. Harris County won't pay for them. The City of Houston will only install sidewalks near schools; and the utility district here only pays for sidewalk maintenance.

It's up to individual homeowners and neighborhoods to pay for sidewalks.

"Sidewalks are definitely worth it," said neighbor Rebecca Carter. "It's better than a girl getting run over."

She worries about her own kids walking down Hall Road.

Contreras hopes her daughter will be released from the hospital within a few days and be able to recover at home.

Once she is better, Contreras will start pushing for sidewalks in the neighborhood. "You can't put a price on a child's life."