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Three ETX teens recovering after being hit by SUV

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two teens are now out of the hospital after they were hit by an SUV. Tuesday night, three teenagers were on a Gator utility vehicle when they were hit on CR 1222, outside of Grand Saline.

The third teen had to be flown to a Dallas hospital, but is expected to be okay.

"Most people... they usually slow down or we get out of the way and they go by, but no they had to go in the ditch and hit us," said 14-year-old Bracy Harvey.

Bracy was in the passenger seat of the Gator when he and his friends were hit. He said he still doesn't understand how the driver of the SUV that them didn't see them on the side of the road.

"They couldn't have missed us, we were shining [a flashlight], the Gator is green and yellow, we had reflectors.. orange and yellow .. silver.. everything on there," Bracy said.

Bracy told us the boys were headed down the road to one of their grandmother's houses for dinner when they saw a car approaching from behind. He said they pulled off to the side of the road to let that car pass, but it hit them.

DPS said the driver who hit them was 26-year-old Christan Dickenson.
They said she told them she was distracted and swerved off the road and hit something, but didn't know what.
They said she went home to report the incident, leaving the boys to help themselves.

"We tried to help him get up but he was just crying every time we touched him and his leg was bleeding, and so they careflighted him to Dallas," Bracy said. "I looked on facebook this morning, he has a broken femur and a cracked pelvis," he said.

While Bracy said he is thankful the Gator is the only thing beyond repair, he still doesn't understand why the driver never stopped.

"Who would do something like that? It's just crazy and stupid," he said.

Officials said they've filed charges against Dickenson for failing to stop and render aid. Those charges will now be presented to a grand jury.

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