Crestview woman hopes to find hit-and-run driver who injured her daughter

Crestview woman hopes to find hit-and-run driver who injured her daughter

A Crestview mother hopes to find the driver she believes hit her 15-year-old daughter on Stillwell Boulevard and kept driving around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9.

"I'm lucky she's alive," Amanda Davis told Channel 3 News.

Her daughter, Jaidyn Rathel, was injured from head to toe, but is out of the hospital and is recovering.

Davis said a friend of Rathel's told her they got into an argument and Rathel went on a walk by herself to cool off. Davis said the friend heard a loud thud and found Rathel by the road. Davis said the friend and the friend's grandmother brought Rathel to her house.

"I started yelling, 'Put her in the car, put her in the car, put her in the car!' And we got in the car and I had my 17-year-old watch the youngest ones and we went to the emergency room here in Crestview," Davis recalled.

Davis said her daughter had several lacerations on her face, her nose broke and she fractured part of her skull. Davis said Rathel also has bruises on her hips, knees, and legs. Rathel has already been through one surgery and will need another one on Friday. Davis said thankfully, doctors indicated there should not be any long-term effects.

The family does not know exactly what happened to Rathel because, to their knowledge, no one saw. A spokesperson for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to the hospital to investigate the teen's injuries. Davis said a trooper told her Rathel was most likely hit by a vehicle, either a truck or large SUV, based on the injuries.

"They believe she took a glancing blow which probably was the hip and it spun her around and she hit the mirror on the passenger side of the vehicle with her face," Davis said.

Davis said she wants to find who did it and have them prosecuted to the fullest.

"If they had stopped it would've just been an accident," Davis said. "Accidents happen, but they didn't stop. They left my daughter on the side of the road bleeding."

Davis asks anyone with information about the incident to contact law enforcement.

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