FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Fairview High School senior is recovering after she was hit by a truck while holding a baby.
It happened near the high school around 7 p.m. Friday.
Jessica Gillette said she was crossing Fairview Boulevard near Old Franklin Road.
“I tried to hurry when I got over to the grass I guess I didn’t make it in time, because he hit my leg,” she explained.
With a broken leg, Gillette talked about the terrifying experience from her hospital bed.
“He didn’t stop or anything, didn’t hit his brakes,” she told News 2.
Gillette said the driver of the full-size white Dodge pickup truck actually gestured for her to cross the road before revving up his engine.
“He told me to move and then he just all of a sudden hit the gas.”
When she noticed the truck wasn’t going to stop, she quickly wrapped the baby in the blanket and threw her in the grass. Miraculously, the child wasn’t badly hurt.
The family of 19-month-old Nicole Conner called Gillette a hero for protecting their little girl.
“I feel like I just saved her life, I did what I had to do,” Gillette explained.
The Fairview High School senior now has a metal rod in her leg and is waiting to undergo a second surgery.
Fairview police are searching for the driver of the white Dodge pickup truck that was driving westbound.
Anyone with information should call Fairview police at 615-799-2431.