CIA student hit by car, escapes serious injury

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

A 13-year-old girl survived being hit by a car on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna Wednesday afternoon, despite being thrown completely over the car.

"It's a miracle. She didn't even have a broken bone," said responding Soldotna police officer Mark Berestoff.

Kaitlan White was walking from the Cook Inlet Academy with a teacher and a group of students for a supervised sports program at the Soldotna Sports Center at about 2 p.m. when she stepped into the street.

Witnesses said she looked one way then the other, and thinking the road was clear, started to cross. A car coming from the left at an estimated 35 mph, however, struck the girl, sending her into the windshield and then up and over the car.

White was rushed to Central Peninsula General Hospital for treatment of injuries. X-rays showed no broken bones and other tests showed no head trauma, according to police reports.

"Kaitlan is doing well and is undergoing a test," her grandmother, Arleene Gibbons, said from the hospital room Thursday afternoon.

"If it's clear and she can walk all right, she's going home tonight," Gibbons said Thursday afternoon.

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