An eighth grader was hit by a car while walking home from school on Wednesday, and her school principal has been by her side the entire time.
Alyssa Cohen, 13, is now recovering from surgery at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center after she was hit while walking home on Hobart Street on Wednesday.
"I just remember being on the ground and my neighbor telling me I was going to be okay...and then I blacked out,” she said.
A number of people rushed to help her, including her principal at DePaolo Middle School, Frank Pepe. The family said he never left her side until hours later when she went in for surgery.
"Mr. Pepe was incredible. When I arrived at the hospital around 4 p.m. he was there already. He arrived on scene. He stayed with her in the ambulance,” said Alyssa’s dad Bryan Cohen.
But Pepe won’t take any of the credit, saying it takes a village and that so many people were also there to help.
"We have a saying at the school ‘we do whatever it takes’ and that's true of every staff member and the kids are incredible...the families are incredible...just like this family,” Pepe said.
Alyssa suffered a concussion and a compound fracture to her ankle which required surgery.
While she can’t play softball this year, she and her family are thankful, knowing this could have been much worse.
"You have to appreciate everything because anything can change. You never know,” Bryan Cohen said.
The driver of the car that hit Alyssa did cooperate with police and will not be issued a ticket.
As for Alyssa, she will be in the hospital for another day or so before she heads back to school.
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