LAUDERHILL (CBS4) – A South Florida mother of three has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash that left a 16-year-old girl hospitalized.
Jenifer Monroe, 31, is accused of hitting a teenage girl at a bus stop early Tuesday morning, while taking her three children to school.READ MORE: Broward School Board May Ease Mask Mandate
Police spokesman Captain Rick Rocco said just before 6:30 a.m., Khadijah Williams, 16, was waiting for the bus on Inverarry Boulevard north of Oakland Park Boulevard when Monroe’s SUV jumped a curb, hit a median and then the girl.
“This is a busy intersection. Anybody that travels here every day knows that it gets congested at the traffic light. We’re not sure why she lost control over the curb but certainly it’s a sad situation,” said Capt. Rocco.
According to investigators, Monroe made no attempt to stop and continued driving.READ MORE: Florida Is Ditching Palm Trees To Fight Climate Crisis
Lauderhill police tracked her down at an elementary school just a few blocks from where the incident took place. She was driving to the school to drop off her three young children.
Officers escorted the children to school then took her in for questioning.
“My information from our traffic sergeant is that she basically made a spontaneous statement that ‘Yeah, I thought I hit something’, but she didn’t know what it was,” said Capt. Rocco.
Williams was transported to Broward General Hospital where she was treated for a broken pelvis and torn spleen.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
“Is she responsive, able to talk? Yes that’s what one of the nurses said,” said family friend Darwin Perry who just left her bedside. “Like if you can still talk and move everything it’s gonna be ok. She’s talking, crying. How could someone do that to another human being. Just hit her with a truck and keep going? She is scared if you go and look into her eyes she’s scared to death. Really scared. It was bad that someone did that to her.”