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Mom: Girl hit by car in South Pasadena is recovering

SOUTH PASADENA — The 13-year-old girl hit by a car Saturday evening while riding her bike is still hospitalized but is on the mend, her mother said Tuesday.

"She's doing good," said her mom, Bobbie Hill-Ferdinando.

Jessee Ferdinando, an eighth-grader at Azalea Middle School, suffered a fractured skull and a broken right leg. On Tuesday afternoon, she was still at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, her mother said.

Jessee was crossing Pasadena Avenue at Park Circle with her sister and a friend about 6:15 p.m. Traffic stopped in two of the three lanes to allow the girls to pass, St. Petersburg police said.

Jessee's twin sister and the other girl made it across the road safely, but Jessee was hit by a Chrysler sedan driven by 44-year-old Kimberly Dowding of St. Petersburg. Dowding, who had the right of way, did not see Jessee in time, police said. She's not facing any charges.

The car clipped the back of Jessee's bike just as her front wheels made it onto the sidewalk, Hill-Ferdinando said.

The impact sent her onto the hood before she bounced off the car and onto the grass.

Jessee and her sister were headed to the other girl's house, which is nearby, so the girl could pick up some clothes for a sleepover at the Ferdinando home, Hill-Ferdinando said.

Jessee had surgery on her leg and will have to wear a neck brace for several weeks to limit movement of her head, but she is conscious and alert, her mother said.

Jessee doesn't remember the accident, her mom said: "She's still kind of foggy about what happened."

Mom: Girl hit by car in South Pasadena is recovering 03/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:44pm]
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