Brave 11-year-old schoolgirl is left fighting for life with horrific burns after allegedly being dragged 173m by a LandCruiser after a teenage driver ploughed into her bike
- Sarah Degier, 11, was allegedly struck by a car as she rode her bike on Thursday
- The driver, 18, allegedly drove 173m before realising she was underneath the car
- The schoolgirl was rushed to Queensland Children’s Hospital with horrific burns
- A fundraiser has been set up to help make her stay as comfortable as possible
A young girl has been left fighting for life with horrific burns after a LandCruiser allegedly ploughed into her bike then dragged her 173m down the road.
Sarah Degier, 11, was allegedly struck by a teenage driver while riding her bike to school in Dalby, 209km west of Brisbane, on Thursday morning.
The 18-year-old allegedly hit the schoolgirl as he was exiting a carpark, only becoming aware that something was wrong when horrified bystanders who heard her screams waved him down.
Sarah was allegedly dragged more than 100 metres across the bitumen, suffering extensive burn-related injuries due to the abrasions.
Sarah Degier, 11, (pictured) suffered horrific burns to the majority of her body after she was allegedly dragged down the road by a car on Thursday
She was rushed to Dalby Hospital before being airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
‘She was on her stomach as she was dragged under the car, so she’s had major damage to her palms, elbow, hips, chest and one leg – one leg has been saved from major injuries but everything else on her front is abrasions and grazes,’ Sarah’s father Shane told the Courier Mail.
‘All her fingers but one pinky finger has abrasions.’
The P-plate driver was charged with driving without due care and attention causing grievous bodily harm.
A police officer who was one of the first on the scene said Sarah should be commended for her bravery, with paramedics telling her family she smiled and asked how she could help them when they arrived.
Mr Degier said his daughter does not remember being hit but recalls being pinned beneath the car.
Despite the unimaginable pain Sarah has endured, he said she has been ‘absolutely amazing’.
Sarah’s father Shane and his wife Kate (pictured) said they are grateful for the efforts of emergency responders and hospital staff throughout their ordeal
‘As an adult, you would be so scared as you’re being dragged away when the car didn’t immediately stop – I couldn’t imagine how that would feel, let alone being 11 and experiencing that,’ he said.
Sarah has already undergone two surgeries at Brisbane Mater Hospital and doctors are yet to determine how many more she will need.
Mr Degier and his wife Kate said they are grateful to emergency responders, Dalby Hospital staff, LifeFlight crews, surgeons and Queensland Children’s Hospital staff, who have been wonderful throughout their ordeal.
Although hospital fees have been covered, a fundraiser has been set up to help make Sarah’s long road to recovery as comfortable as possible and to keep her in ‘high spirits’ as she braces for more operations.
The campaign has so far reached $2260 of the $5000 goal, with Mr Degier since taking to the page to thank those who have rallied behind them.
‘We are grateful for all of your love and support.’