Pregnant driver hits boys crossing Broadway

Two children were struck while leaving school on Friday.
Sunday, September 5, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:41 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Buick Skylark driven by a pregnant woman hit two juveniles crossing West Broadway at Highland Drive on Friday afternoon.

Yvonne Piersee, 17, of 2401 W. Broadway, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was transported to Columbia Regional Hospital shortly after her car struck the two boys.

"I kind of hit the steering wheel, then I panicked when I saw the kid on the ground," said Piersee, a student at Douglass High School. "I started having contractions about one minute later."

Piersee was taken to the labor and delivery unit but was released Friday night after her contractions subsided.

She said she was driving 25 miles per hour before she slammed on the brakes at the point of impact.

Georgia Clemons, who witnessed the accident, said there was quite a bit of traffic on Broadway just as children were let out of West Junior High School.

"The boys ran across and didn't see the cars on the right-hand lane of the eastbound traffic," Clemons said. "The left-hand lane had stopped, so they ran through thinking everyone had stopped when they didn't. The car hit them; she couldn't see them."

Michael Priddy, 13, of Columbia, said he and the two boys who were struck were running across the road when the car hit them. He said one of the boys was thrown two or three feet, while the other was tapped by the car and suffered bruises.

Glenn Rush, division chief of the Columbia Fire Department, said the two youths were taken to University Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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