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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee community rallies around child injured in hit-and-run

  • The Shawnee community has come together in support of an 11-year-old Shawnee girl injured one week ago in a hit-and-run accident.
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  • The Shawnee community has come together in support of an 11-year-old Shawnee girl injured one week ago in a hit-and-run accident.
     
    Raegan Permetter underwent surgery Tuesday to repair her skull and fractures and she is expected to have another surgery today, said her mother, Molly Ealy.
     
    "We're just on the road to recovery," Ealy said, indicating Raegan will likely be hospitalized for a couple months.
     
    The Shawnee community has supported the child and her family through a Facebook page titled, "Praying for Raegan."
     
    Raegan, who is a sixth-grader at Shawnee Middle School, is an avid soccer player involved in local sports leagues.
     
    Ealy said the Facebook page began so their group of "sports moms" could keep track on how Raegan was doing, but the site has ballooned into a community forum of support for Raegan.
     
    For Ealy, the support has been overwhelming. While Ealy has spent much of her time with Raegan at the hospital, others have sent her photos showing support signs for Raegan on area businesses and on cars driving Shawnee roads. Area children from many sports teams also are donning Raegan's No. 7 on their uniforms or helmets in support of the Shawnee girl.
     
    "It's tremendous — it's probably what keeps us going every day," Ealy said. "The whole community is rallying around this child…words can't even describe."
     
    And while Raegan does face a tough road of recovery, Ealy said her daughter is doing better.
     
    "She's pretty resilient — she's a tough little girl," she said.
     
    Doctors are treating her for injuries including a fractured skull and forehead, fractured eye sockets, a broken leg and collarbone and internal injuries, she said. Ealy said Raegan also has leg and shoulder injuries that will be the biggest limit to physical activity.
     
    Ealy wanted to thank everyone for supporting Raegan and their family.
     
    "We don't know how to express our gratitude," she said.
     
    Those supporting Raegan and her family are organizing a candlelight prayer vigil to begin about 7:33 p.m. Wednesday near the accident scene at Bell and Farrall Streets.
     
    In addition, organizers are planning a garage sale and bake sale, with all proceeds being donated to a fund set up at BancFirst to help with Raegan's medical expenses.
     
    The garage and bake sale will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 1315 N. McKinley.
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    Shawnee police are continuing to investigate the hit-and-run accident, which occurred about 7:33 p.m Sept. 26 in the area of Bell and Farrall Streets. The accident report was not yet completed for release Tuesday, but officers said once finished, it will be turned over the district attorney's office for review.
     
    A witness to the accident followed the alleged suspect vehicle and obtained a tag number for police, which led officers to a 17-year-old driver who has been questioned in the case.
     
    Watch for updates.
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