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Driver cited in crash that paralyzed St. James student

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - It's been over two weeks since a 14-year-old student from St. James High School was struck by a car on Highway 707, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Marissa Reed was walking along the side of the roadway on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 25 when she was hit by the car, which was out of control.

Lance Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the driver of that car, an 18-year-old girl, was issued a ticket for driving too fast for conditions.

Since it's just a ticket, she can choose to pay the fine and never stand in court.

Marissa's father, Rick Reed, says she is expected to transfer to The Sheppard Center in Atlanta by the end of the week, as soon as she is physically able to make the trip.

Rick states that he does have anger towards the driver, but he understands several lives were changed that day. Rick continues to say that he owes his daughter's life to driver, named Scott, who saw the accident and blocked the scene with his own car. Scott's wife, Julie Rose, is actually organizing a benefit for Marissa.

"Two and a half weeks ago I  had gotten a call from my husband that he had just witnessed someone getting hit on 707. And he called 911 and he was extremely upset," Rose said, "I got a chance to see Marissa two weeks ago and actually went down to Charleston to see her. That's when I really knew there was something this community could do."

Mr. Reed says he can't describe his gratitude towards the community any other way except to say that it restores his faith in humanity.

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