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Young Jacksonville hit-and-run victim returns home from hospital

10:48 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The young victims from Monday's hit-and-run are still recovering

But Kerrica Coffery returned home Tuesday, and her homecoming was sweet.

"I'm glad I got my baby back home" exclaimed Colleen Coffey, Kerrica's mother. "Thank God she's going to be OK." 

Her family welcomed her home with open arms after a night in the hospital and a cracked pelvis from Monday's hit and run.

"I was scared, and that was it. I don't know who was driving," said Kerrica.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old John Baptisme let a 13-year-old girl drive his car to Arlington Middle School because he had a suspended license.

When she made a wide turn, Baptisme allegedly over corrected the steering wheel, hitting four young girls walking to school.

"I saw the truck out of the corner of my eye with my friends, and I didn't know it was going to hit us, but when it did, I blacked out," said Kerrica.

The 13-year-old driver turned herself in, but police had to track Baptisme down Tuesday, charging him with four counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

"I saw my friends laying down. Elisha, and Famita, I saw them on the ground," said Kerrica.

While three of the girls are out of the hospital, Coffey's family said one girl is still at Shands, and needs surgery for her injuries.

"I'm just worried, I hope she'll be OK," said Colleen.

Police have not yet said if they will charge the 13-year-old who was allegedly driving at the time of the crash.

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