12-year-old recovering from accident

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Washburn Rural Middle schooler is in critical condition tonight after getting hit by a car Monday afternoon while riding her bike. Middle school kids had the day off, but a simple bike ride turned for the worst for 12-year-old Rylee Robinson.

“The kids had the day off, so it was a nice day and kids were out playing and riding bikes,” says Washburn Rural Middle School Principal, Jerry Meier. 7th grader, Rylee Robinson was riding her bike over on 53rd and Topeka Boulevard when she was struck by a car going 40 miles an hour. It left her in a medically induced coma in critical condition at Stormont-Vail Health Care.

Rylee’s middle school principal says, this situation calls for community help. ” The expenses are going to be tremendous in the hospital, but then there’s also living expenses with a fairly large family. We’re just helping out with those types of expenses.”

Teachers at the school have volunteered to take these empty paint cans around to businesses who want to help. As this young girl, who played softball, is recovering, her softball trainer says Rylee always had a smile on her face.

“She’s a kid that wants to get better, that tries to get better each and every day and she comes out and she works. She is very good,” says Softball Trainer, Buck Breckingridge. So far, nearly 1 thousand dollars has been raised just in the past few days. Meiers says it’s been amazing seeing so much community effort. ” We’ve had an overwhelming support to help this young girl.” Another example of a community coming together to help one of their own.

The school will be collecting money for the family through May 24th.

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