Slow down: Community asking drivers to be cautious after 7-year-old is hit

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CLEVELAND–A community of kids want change on their street after Cleveland police say a driver hit and badly injured a young girl.

The accident happened on Friday night on W. 58th Street, around 7:30 p.m. Yumiko Stovall, 7, was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center after the accident, according to her mother, Stephany Mikula.

On Saturday, people came together to pray and send well wishes to their friend, a girl who just started second grade at Clark Elementary.

“All of these kids are devastated and heartbroken and they feel really bad about what’s going on right now,” Anderson said.

The kids hung signs for their friend along W. 58th, and many of the messages on the posters are messages urging drivers to slow down.

Instead of enjoying her weekend with neighborhood friends, the little girl is wrapped in bandages and has wounds on her face.

“All I heard was a boom and she was out there in the street, she was laying there,” said Oneika Anderson, who helped the girl.

Stephany Mikula tells Fox 8 her daughter was just crossing the street at the time of the accident.

“My daughter got hit, and she’s badly injured,” she said.

Cleveland police also spent some time on the street monitoring driver activity, Saturday. The group of Yumiko supporters are hoping something more can be done, for example, adding speed bumps there.

“Everybody keep up the prayers, she’s only 7,” her mom said.

It is unclear how fast the driver was going, but police tell Fox 8 the person was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Yumiko’s mom said she is expected to make a full recovery, but will have to be in a wheelchair for some time and miss some school.

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