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Donations accepted for child struck by car

Family members are asking for some financial aid from the public to help with medical expenses for a 10 year-old Tharptown student who was hit by a vehicle June 29.

Britney Nicole Macias Garcia, of Filmore Street in Russellville, was severely injured when she was struck by a green Ford Aerostar mini-van while walking north on Jackson Avenue with two other children.

The accident happened just south of Spry Funeral Home about 2 p.m. that day.

Officers at the scene said Garcia appeared to be in “pretty bad condition” when they arrived.

Garcia was taken to Russellville Hospital and later airlifted to Huntsville Hospital.

According to family members, Garcia has since been transported to the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Children Hospital and is in stable condition.

Garcia’s aunt, Debra Macias, along with other family members, have set up a benefit account at CB&S Bank and are asking for donations to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Garcia attended Tharptown Elementary School last year and educators said she is a smart, young child and hope for a full recovery.

Tharptown Elementary Principal Barry Laster said Garcia is a young child who had lots of potential.

“She is a great kid and never got into any trouble,” he said. “You would hope that this kind of thing would never happen to any of your students, but when it does happen you just hope for the best. I know the doctors are doing everything in their power to see that she gets the help she needs.

“We will try to help her family in any way we can and we just hope for the best and hope she will get better soon.”

Educators from Tharptown Elementary said everyone at school knew Garcia by her middle name Nicole and wish the family all the best in this tough time.

Macias said her niece suffered brain damage, some damage to her liver and is currently undergoing rehabilitation treatments.

Macias said she has been able to move her hand a little, but it will be a long road to recovery.

CB&S branches all over Franklin County have been notified of the account and bank personnel advise those who are wanting to donate to the cause to come in and ask bank tailors how to donate.

Macias said every little bit helps tremendously as the family is having a tough time dealing with the tragic incident.

Macias said her niece is in stable condition and hopefully her treatments will put her on the fast track to get better soon.

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