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Family struggles with aftermath of collision
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
A family is falling back on faith while looking ahead to at least several more weeks, possibly months, of tubes, iv's and therapy for a 13-year old girl. A driver hit the child and her brother moments after they got off a school bus last month in front of their home off Hwy. 73 in Jefferson County.
The boy wasn't seriously hurt. For now, his sister is unable to walk.
Thursday, pieces of red plastic, debris from the accident, were still evident, more than a month after the collision in front of the family's home.
"I was just getting off the bus and like a normal day and I just hear by sister scream truck," Juan Olvera, 14, said.
Olvera and his sister, 13-year old Cecilia Olvera, both ran.
"Pretty much where that pile of grass right there is, that's where I got hit and I flew probably a good 15 feet, 10 feet, and I landed right there, where the pile of dirt is," Olvera said pointing to the accident site.
In a matter of seconds, everything changed.
A man driving a pick-up truck pulling a trailer told state troopers he didn't see the stopped Hamshire-Fannett school bus February 12th. He slammed his brakes, swerved and lost control.
His pick-up and trailer crashed into the children, pining Juan under the truck and Cecilia beneath the trailer.
Now, their father spends nearly every day by his daughter's side. Lazaro Olvera stopped by his home Thursday morning, before he headed back to Memorial Hermann in Houston.
"She worries a lot because she used to run a lot. She would play a lot and now she is scared that she will not be able to walk or something," he said.
Olvera said his daughter can move her left foot, but not her right foot. She doesn't have full use of her left hand. Tubes have left her unable to talk.
"She does get sad at times, she also starts to cry when the doctors are talking among themselves in English and she starts to cry," Lazaro Olvera said.
He said the family is relying on faith.
"They haven't told us much. The only thing they told us is that they don't know how much longer all this was going to take or how long it will take for her to walk, and they even said that it would take a year," Lazaro Olvera said.
Leaving a little girl fighting for the life she once knew and her brother asking this:
"Why couldn't it happen to me, because I know that she just wants to be running around like I am right now," Juan Olvera said.
Lazaro Olvera said Monday, doctors will move his daughter to a hospital in Chicago where she can be around other children recovering from similar injuries.
Troopers cited the man who struck the children for several traffic violations.