She has a bruised chest and ribs, and a lingering concussion. But what she doesn’t have is the information on the unknown driver who crashed into her.
Deahna King, 16, went to McDonald’s after school for a quick bite last Monday. But as the freshman soccer player from Bainbridge High School began heading back to kick into practice, it started to rain.
A woman came to Deahna’s aid, called out her name, and offered to give her a lift down the road to the high school.
Deahna, though uncertain who the woman was, got into the back seat of the car.
It gets a bit hazy after that. While passing through the intersection of Highway 305 and High School Road near McDonald’s, another driver went through a red light and the two cars collided.
“The car was T-boned,” said Martha Wild King, Deahna’s mother. “Deahna was right behind where it was hit.”
Only the metal of the door separated Deahna from the other car. The two drivers involved in the accident drove to a nearby gas station and exchanged information.
The Good Samaritan who offered Deahna the ride asked if she was OK. Deahna said she was, and once the drivers traded information, Deahna got back into the dented car and was driven to the high school.
But she soon realized that she wasn’t walking away from the accident unscathed.
“She knew when she got out of the car that something was wrong,” King said.
Deahna later discovered she had suffered a bruised chest and ribs, as well as a concussion. She continues to experience the symptoms of a concussion, such as sensitivity to light and difficulty remembering details.
Since Deahna doesn’t remember who the woman was, she and her mother do not know who to contact to exchange insurance information. At the time, the teenager didn’t think to ask.
“She was in shock,” King said.
Now, King hopes that others can help them find the drivers who were involved in the accident or might have information on the crash.
“Somebody is going to know something, or will have seen a car with a bashed-in door behind the driver seat,” King said.
Deahna described the woman driver as in her 50s or 60s, with shoulder length graying hair. She was driving a dark-colored car, one that now would have a large dent on the rear driver’s-side door.
The other driver, the woman who ran the red light, was in a silver-colored car and was in her 70s or 80s.
King hopes that someone on the island knows the people involved in the accident so she can ultimately find the driver who caused the collision.
Islanders who may know the people involved can contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-842-8542.
“I’d appreciate people’s prayers for Deahna,” King added. “I love her so much and we are blessed to have her.”
King also reminds parents and kids that they should never get into a car unless they know the person.
“Don’t ever get into the car of someone you truly don’t know,” she said.