05 January 2011

kangaroo kourt: comatose teen given jay-walking ticket in Sin City



LAS VEGAS -- A 13-year-old girl is recovering after being hit by a car. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon and the girl's mother says she is in a medically induced coma. But while at the hospital, her mother was given a ticket because her daughter was jaywalking.

The accident happened at Durango and Rochelle. Takara Davis was walking home from school when she was hit. Police won't speak about the case, saying it's an ongoing investigation, but witnesses say the teen was lagging behind friends when she was crossing the street.

"Every time they come in, they say that the bleeding hasn't stopped on the brain. She's got no feeling or movement on her left side at all," said the Davis' mother Kellie Obong.

Davis is an 8th grader at Lawrence Junior High School, which is only a few blocks away from where the accident took place. Davis was issued a jaywalking citation. It was handed to her mother at the hospital.

"He said, 'Takara was jaywalking. She has got to go to court on March 6th,'" said Obong. "If she was jaywalking, then she was jaywalking. But maybe you give it to me at a later time. Don't give it to me when they are rushing her into the operating room."

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement about how the citation was issued, saying, "Our officers conduct themselves in a professional and compassionate way. We wouldn't do anything deliberately insensitive."

Davis' mother says her daughter's jaywalking ticket is the least of her worries. For now, she is remaining by her daughter's side waiting for her to show any signs of improvement.

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