by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A teen hit by a car on the first day of school is doing better. Channel 9 was told Jennifer Tejeda was taken to Carolinas Medical Center unresponsive, but later responded at about 3 p.m Monday.
Tejeda was leaving West Charlotte High School on her way to Central Piedmont Community College Monday. At 16 years old, she's already taking college classes.
On Tuesday, CMPD said Tejeda was listed in fair condition.
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Those who know the teen told Channel 9 she's a great student who has her life together and a bright future. The community and the district are stunned to hear about the crash.
“The thing I’m most concerned about is the students’ safety,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison said.
Morrison addressed the accident and was near the scene shortly after the teen was hit.
“The fact that the student is being responsive, it's a very good sign,” Morrison said. “And we're going to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”
Other community members are also praying for the young woman.
“It's sad. They have to be so careful,” Thelma Houston, a mother, said. “I really hate it.”
Houston wants people to slow down and watch for students. But police said the driver in the accident in the 1800 block of Beatties Ford Road didn't have time.
Police said Angela Hobbs’ car hit Tejeda while the student was trying to cross the road. They believe Hobbs, who was driving a Dodge, didn't see Tejeda because a truck was blocking her view. Unfortunately, she couldn’t brake in time. Tejeda was taken away from the scene with critical injuries.
“My heart goes out [to her family],” Houston said.