Young Hit and Run Victim Recounts Crash - NBC Connecticut

Young Hit and Run Victim Recounts Crash



    6-year-old Diamond Battle is now out of the hospital following her severe injuries from a hit and run accident. (Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013)

    More than a month after Diamond Battle was badly injured in a hit and run, the 6-year-old has been released from Yale-New Haven Hospital and is back home in Bridgeport.

    Diamond, along with her family, has spoken with NBC Connecticut and said she only recalls part of that night.

    Diamond and her 61-year-old aunt, Bennie Mae Smith, were struck by an SUV at Highland and Washington avenues in Bridgeport just before 9 p.m. on Monday, May 27. Police still have not found the driver.

    Diamond remembers heading back to her aunt's house the night she was hit, but not much else.

    Battle spent 40 days at the hospital and suffers from intestinal problems, collapsed lungs and kidney troubles.

    But, when asked how she is doing, she said, "Good."

    "I feel at home," she said, now that she is back in Bridgeport.

    Diamond's mom, Yvette Lyons, was worried her daughter would never see again, but to have her back, "has fulfilled my heart, but at the same time, it’s putting the pieces back together again that’s been rough."

     Lyons said she is angry, but part of her wants to forgive.

    "I wish he would step forward -- he, she, whoever," Lyons said. "Step forward and take ownership to give her some closure, and knowing what that person has done to my family."

    The city of Bridgeport is trying to help the family with a new traffic calming initiative to make the city more pedestrian-friendly.

    "So when will it stop? I do hope police enforcement do take some caution and do something about it. That’s my prayer," Lyons said.

    Lyons also prays she and her family never have to relive that night.

    Diamond's brother, Deon, was also there with his aunt and his cousin. Crystal.

    "I just saw Crystal’s face and I saw my life flash before my eyes," Deon said. He also remembers calling for help while seeing the silver car fly by the intersection.

    Deon is now grateful his sister is home.

    "It's a pleasure, even though she annoys me on Saturdays," he said.

    Diamond's mom said she's hopeful her daughter can go back to school in the fall.

    Diamond's aunt, Bennie Mae Smith, said she too is out of the hospital.

    If you have any information about the crash or the car involved, call Bridgeport Police.