Girl, 11, run down by car while on scooter ride with dad
WITH blood pouring from her mouth, Ashleigh Trussler screamed as she picked herself up from the concrete footpath.
Seconds earlier, the 11-year-old and her father Terry had been run down by a car as they went for an afternoon ride.
Now, the Buddina State School Year 6 student faces months of repair work on her teeth which were damaged when she smashed her face on the footpath.
The drama occurred just metres from her Mooloolaba home.
The youngster's family is just thankful her skull didn't take the full impact of the concrete.
Ashleigh was riding her scooter, with her dad by her side on his bike, on Saturday afternoon, when the pair headed off from their Admirals Crt home.
They only made it a few metres when an out-of-control car turned the corner from Amarina Ave and ploughed into them. The car hit Ashleigh front-on and her dad side-on.
Lying on either side of the car, the father and daughter could hardly believe how their ride had gone so horribly wrong.
"She came straight at us. We couldn't believe it," Mr Trussler said.
"We do this all the time - go for a ride. We thought she was turning into the street or doing a u-turn, but she didn't. She ploughed into us ..."
"It makes me so mad because we weren't even on the road; we'd just made it to the footpath and kerb.
"I was yelling at her to stop before she even reached us.
"Our priority now is getting Ashleigh's teeth fixed, but we don't know where we stand with the compensation."
Ashleigh is on a liquid diet and has to give trumpet and musical rehearsals a miss for a while as she nurses a busted swollen lip and a sore and scratched body. "I'm okay. I'm pretty sore," she said.
Ashleigh's parents are investigating their options for compensation, with the dental repairs expected to cost in the thousands.
Her mother, Jay Baker, said she was proud of how her daughter handled the terrifying situation, but said it would take some time for the 11-year-old to feel safe in her own street again.
"She was very brave, but this should never have happened like this." - Jay Baker.
Police are yet to charge the 60-year-old female driver, however, they do not believe the incident was hooning-related.
Her blood samples have been sent to pathology to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the incident.