Child Struck by Car Airlifted

A 9-year old Key West girl was airlifted to Miami Children’s hospital last night after she was struck by a car at the intersection of Thomas Street and Truman Avenue.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, the Laniya Thomas, 9, and her mother, Erica Jean Deane, were crossing Thomas street when a Honda Civic, driven by Cecil Wilson Bain, Jr., 71, made a turn onto Thomas from Truman Avenue.

The car struck the child in the crosswalk, knocking her down, then ran over her. The driver proceeded several feet before the mother caught the driver’s attention and got him to stop.

Thomas transported to Lower Keys Medical Center where she was stabilized before she was flown out.

Bain participated in a field sobriety test, and charges may be filed pending toxicology reports.

The child was reported in critical but stable condition.