PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (WTOL) - Tragedy strikes a tight-knit Perrysburg Township neighborhood when a little girl out playing with her sister was hit by an SUV Thursday afternoon.
Second grader Rebecca Wells is in critical condition at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center as of 11 p.m. Thursday night.
But this afternoon her neighbors were shedding tears, worried about the 8-year-old.
Witnesses say Wells was playing with her sister in a grassy area near Reitz Road by the Village Green Mobile Home Park when a spilt-second decision ended horribly.
"She was playing in the tree and she jumped down and darted out. The car tried to slam on its breaks and couldn't in time."
Investigators say the driver of the SUV was going the speed limit, 55 miles per hour, when he hit Rebecca.
Neighbor Theresa Smith heard the crash and immediately took action.
"I looked further out, and I saw a little girl, a kid, laying out in the side yard here," says Smith. Natural instinct took over and "As a mother I went running out to help."
Word of the accident spread quickly. Sandra Schroeder, another neighbor, knows CPR and started helping right away.
"I have a child. I wouldn't want to see my child on the road," Schroeder says. "You do what you have to do."
When emergency crews arrived they continued performing CPR on the second grader before she was taken by air ambulance to the hospital.
Neighbors are shaken up. Many are parents whose kids know Rebecca.
They say their thoughts are with the little girl.
"Hopefully she'll be okay. She'll come home."
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