"I Got Hit By A Car..."

By: Malorie Maddox, Jim Hinchik Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Jim Hinchik Email

A family is thankful their daughter is alive. A split second decision ends with a near-death encounter with a car.

Lilly Schamp, 12, says, "The last thing I remember after that is I was on the ground."

At just 12 years old-Lilly Schamp is lucky to be alive.

"I was coming home from school on my school bus. Some boys were throwing, not exactly snowballs, there was mud in them. I got kind of scared that they were going to throw it at me so I ran across the road."

Lilly was hit by a car at 7th & Bancroft. The crash threw her ten feet in the air and she landed by a brick wall.

Lilly says, " i got hit on my right side and when I got thrown, I was like getting scraped by the concrete on this side."

Lilly's family lives three doors down from where she was hit, just outside Bancroft Elementary. Her mom could see the crash scene.

Laura Schamp says, "I didn't see my daughter walking home anymore and I just knew it was her."

Laura raced to Lilly's side and found her daughter in pretty bad shape.

Laura says, "The adrenaline kicks in and I just took off running toward her. No mom wants to feel that. It's just the worst feeling in the world."

Lilly spent two nights in the hospital. She is out of her neck brace, now. Walking is still tough. She has fractures in her pelvis.

Laura says, "She should not have crossed the road there, she should have crossed at the light. She was just scared she was going to get hit by that snowball and instead she got hit by something much harder."

Lilly learned a tough lesson, and knows how lucky she is to share it.

"If I was standing still, probably planted on the ground...I probably would have died."

Lilly plans to return to school Monday.

As for the driver of the car, Omaha Police says he is not at fault and is not facing charges.

If you would like to send Lilly a card, here is the address:

Lilly Schamp
C/O Laura Schamp
P.O. Box 3085
Omaha, NE 68108

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