INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2015) -- A young girl who was hit by a car while biking to school wants everyone to learn from what happened to her.
"I woke up and I was like, 'Why do I hurt so bad?' and I (realized), 'Oh, I got hit by a car yesterday," Alaina White said.
You wouldn't know White, who turns 13 on Thursday, had been through such an ordeal by her attitude and smile. What you can see, though, are the scratches on her arm, bruises on her face and smashed bike.
"It's a miracle," White said.
White and several of her friends ride their bikes to The Oaks Academy on the near north side every morning, something they've done for four years. Tuesday, they were crossing 16th and Central when a driver took a quick right turn on the red light.
"He hit me and I went over the hood of the car and onto the ground. ... I think it was all delayed, I (didn't) know what was going on," White said.
She was only a few blocks from home, so her mom Katie White quickly got a call.
"I just grabbed all of my stuff and ran out the door," she said.
Amazingly, Alaina was okay, thanks in large part to the helmet she was wearing.
"When we got to the hospital they said that if I wouldn’t have had my helmet on ... that I could’ve died," White said.
Her mom wrote a moving blog post that night, urging drivers to slow down and pay attention, especially during the morning rush hour.
"It’s really frustrating to know that she could be dead right now, just because someone didn’t slow down," Katie White said.
It's a message Alaina echoed as well, now wise beyond her 13 years after such a scary accident.
"It's amazing that I didn't get any more hurt than I am. ... I just think that on both parts, we all need to be more careful and more aware of what's around us," Alaina White said.