BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Eight-year-old Shaelynn was struck by a car earlier today while riding her bike near 276 E. Schaaf Road around 11:45 a.m.
“I was crossing the street, they hit me and I flew off my bike,” she said. “I was crying, I was laughing, I was shaking.”
Shaelynn’s mother, Jaime Aleck, who was participating in a neighborhood yard sale at the time, was relieved to know her daughter was not seriously injured.
“She was that good, that much of a bad-butt that she’s not in the hospital,” she said.
Sadly, Shaelynn’s brand-new bike was totaled after the crash. But that’s when the Brooklyn Heights Fire Department stepped in. As soon as Shaelynn returned home, the men surprised the 8-year-old with a brand-new bike and a helmet.
When asked if she was still mad at the driver, Shaelynn said: “Kind of, cause they ruined my bike. But I got a new one so that’s what I’m happy about.”
Firefighters told Shaelynn that she’ll keep the bike as long as she wears her helmet.
Police in Brooklyn Heights are still looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck Shaelynn. Aleck is upset the driver for leaving the scene.
“I don’t understand how you could hit a child and take off,” she said. “That’s a human life, a human being.”
According to police, they are looking for the driver of a medium to dark gray vehicle, possibly a Toyota, that fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brooklyn Heights Police Department at 216-741-2700.