Lawrence girl struck by car while rescuing turtle continues to recover

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Lawrence girl hit by a car while rescuing a turtle is out of intensive care and her family spoke publicly for the first time.  Mersadie Walker, 17, of Lawrence is still in Overland Park Regional Medical Center but she moved out of the ICU Thursday night – a week after the accident.

Her sisters told 41 Action News they are grateful to all the friends and strangers for all the cards and flowers Mersadie received in the hospital.

“For her to come this far in a week, I mean she really is a miracle,” said Megan Walker, one of Mersadie’s sisters.

Doctors have upgraded Mersadie to fair condition after she arrived by helicopter Thursday, June 19, in critical condition with life threatening injuries.

"Her baby steps have, you know, surprised the doctors and the nurses,” said Cassie Walker, a sister of Mersadie.

"We're happy to see her smile, we're happy to see her laugh.  You know, before it was just gestures and now it's hearing her voice again,” Megan Walker said.

A passing car hit Mersadie after she asked her mom to stop the car near their home in Lawrence so she could get out to help a turtle in the road.

"She's always wanted to be a veterinarian.  I mean, she loves animals - dogs, cats, everything,” said Megan Walker.

Her family hope Mersadie keeps recovering and can leave the hospital before her senior year of high school starts this fall.

"She hasn't said that this will keep her from her turtle chasing or anything like that, but I think she'll be a little more careful about things,” said Megan Walker.

The driver who hit Mersadie is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court on July 3 for not having proof of insurance. The accident is still under investigation.

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