Woman arrested after car hits teen at bus stop

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Deette Perry By Jennifer Thomas Deette Perry By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A 54-year-old woman is facing aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges after allegedly driving onto a sidewalk and hitting a teen.

At approximately 5 p.m. on May 6, Deette Perry was traveling westbound near Thomas Road and 23rd Avenue when she drove her Nissan Altima onto the sidewalk and struck a 17-year-old girl who was standing near a bus stop, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The victim, whose name was not released, reportedly had just left school.

Perry was evaluated and appeared to be impaired by drugs, according to police. She was admitted into a local hospital after the collision.

The teen was transported to a local trauma center. She was initially believed to have sustained a life-threatening injury. However, doctors are optimistic this will not be the case, according to Sgt. Steve Martos.

He said her condition has been upgraded after sustaining a fractured pelvis and severe head trauma.

On Friday, Perry was arrested after being discharged from the hospital.

She was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail and charged with one count of aggravated assault for colliding with the victim and one count of reckless endangerment for coming approximately one foot away from another juvenile pedestrian at the same location, Martos said.