Wilkes girl still bears scars from being hit by car

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(Andrew Dye/Journal)

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Pamela Pineda, a first-grader in Wilkes County, seems to float now that she has no cast on her right leg or pins holding together her left leg.

“It still hurts sometimes,” she said in Spanish last week while taking a break from playing.

It hurts when she runs hard or tries to sit down, her mother, Blanca Pineda, said in Spanish. The emotional pain of getting hit by a car in January stops Pamela from ever wanting to get back on a school bus.

And even if Pamela were open to the idea of riding a school bus again, Blanca Pineda would have none of it. The mother now drives the daughter to school every morning and picks her up in the afternoon.

“She doesn’t think its safe, and I don’t either,” Blanca Pineda said.

On Dec. 13, Blanca Pineda was holding her 2-year-old son as she waited for Pamela, who was 5 at the time, to get off a school bus along Speedway Road in North Wilkesboro.

After Pamela got off the bus and started to cross the road, a Chevy Lumina hit her, shattering both of her legs.

Blanca put her son on the ground and ran screaming toward Pamela.

“I picked up my girl, but she wasn’t screaming. She wasn’t talking. She wasn’t doing anything,” Pineda said at the time.

Physicians at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem set a cast on one leg and installed pins in the other.

The cast has come off and the pins were taken out a month ago, her parents said.

Blanca stayed out of school for the rest of the year, recovering.

But she now plays outside, dashing here and there with her small brothers and pet dog giving chase. A scar about 2 inches long — a memento left by surgery — is still visible on the side of one leg, just below the knee.

Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal