Colwood girl hit at intersection needs surgery

Teen driver was allegedly drunk when her car struck 14-year-old

By Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist November 22, 2009

A Colwood girl remains at Victoria General Hospital with numerous broken bones and cuts requiring surgery after being hit by an allegedly drunk teen driver while trying to cross an intersection Thursday night.

Shelby Andrushak, 14, had just left her youth group at the Colwood Pentecostal Church and was on her way to catch the bus to meet her mother, Arlene Amos, to see the new Twilight Saga film, New Moon.

“She was so excited to be going,” Amos said Sunday.

But around 8:30 p.m., Andrushak and her friend Darren were crossing the intersection of Sooke and Kelly roads when a car hit the girl, throwing her into the air and down on the pavement.

Andrushak suffered a broken knee, fractured femur, internal injuries and severe lacerations to her head that might require plastic surgery.

“She will be in the hospital for at least the next few weeks,” her mother said, adding Andrushak is home-schooled but has had much support from friends at the Christian school she previously attended. “Her spirits are high.”

Andrushak does not remember what happened, only that she stepped off the curb and then heard voices, rainfall and crying around her.

Westshore RCMP allege the 16-year-old driver involved had been drinking. She was arrested and charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, then released.

Amos said the driver dropped off a letter of apology for Andrushak, saying she hoped to be able to say sorry in person one day.

Amos said her daughter and family are moved by the support they’ve received, by the swift response of the ambulance staff and especially by the young friend who was with Andrushak when she was hit.

“He was the one to call 9-1-1. He calmed everyone down, even the driver, and went to the hospital,” said Amos. “He’s a real little hero.”

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