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11-year-old Hallettsville girl lucky to be alive after being struck by car

Sonny Long

By BY SONNY LONG
July 21, 2010 at 2:21 a.m.


HALLETTSVILLE - Jeremy Wenske thinks it's a miracle that his 11-year-old daughter is alive after she was struck by a car Sunday.

"It's pretty amazing," Wenske said Wednesday. "I can't believe a car hit her, and she's no worse off than she is."

Ashley Wenske was struck by a car at 4:30 p.m. Sunday when crossing alternate U.S. Highway 77 at County Road 393 between Yoakum and Sweet Home in Lavaca County.

She was released Tuesday night from Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. She suffered from a broken ankle, broken foot and road rash from head to toe, said her father.

"She's kind of down right now," Wenske said. "She may be mad at herself. She doesn't want to talk too much. I finally got a smile out of her."

Wenske said Ashley, who will be going into the sixth grade in Hallettsville in August, doesn't remember what happened.

"We think she crossed the road to check the mail, then was coming back across," Wenske said. "That's all we can think of might have happened. She doesn't remember even going to the mailbox."

Ashley was visiting her grandparents who live along the highway.

According to the Department of Public Safety report, a 2002 Toyota Sequoia driven by Paul Ormand of Conroe topped a hill about one-tenth of a mile from where Ashley tried to run across the highway between the Toyota and another car toward her grandmother's house.

Trooper Kenny Parma's report indicates that Ormand slammed on his brakes, leaving a 120-foot skid mark before striking the child. No citation was issued.

She was taken by helicopter to the Austin hospital.

Ashley is in a splint until next week, when it will be replaced by a cast when the swelling goes down. Wenske said he has been told recovery could take up to six weeks, maybe more.

"She says it doesn't hurt that bad," Wenske said.

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