Neighbors missing familiar face as teen recovers after car hits her during good deed

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A Lawrence neighborhood is praying for a 17-year-old girl's recovery after she was hit by a car while trying to help a turtle on Thursday.

A quiet street, that speaks volumes of what's missing.

"There's no laughter right now," Renae Willie said.

Willie says that's because her next door neighbor Sadie Walker isn't there. The teenager is in the hospital after being hit by a car. Neighbors say she was traveling on E. 1900 Road in Douglas County with her mom when she hopped out of the passenger seat. Sadie was helping a turtle cross the street, when she was hit by an oncoming car.

"They had to perform CPR on her a couple times," Willie said.

Willie has been getting text updates from Sadie's parents who say she is now in the ICU, in critical condition.

Neighbors are now starting to realize it's could be weeks before they see her again. A thought that's hard for Willie and her daughter to process.

"I felt sad. She's always there to help everybody and to help something innocent," Willie's daughter Rhiannon  said.

While most teens are at the mall or a friend's house, neighbors say Sadie hangs out with kids in the area and helps to take care of everyone's pets.

"She does anything that you ask her to do. She's a good role for these kids in this neighborhood," Willie said.

"Sadie's real nice. She's really helpful," Rhiannon said.

While Sadie recovers her neighbors want her to know she's missed and has a whole team rooting for her back home.

"Hang in there Sadie. Things will get better. I know it's rough right now. You're strong. You're a good person, you'll see this through."

Sadie's family has been posting on Facebook about her condition. They say Sadie is shaking her head yes and no answering questions and that doctors say she should make a full recovery in time.

The 36-year-old driver whose car hit Sadie was arrested for driving with a suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

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