Garland High School student struck by Truck on her way to school

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 - Police in Garland are searching for a pickup truck driver who hit a student on her way to school.

The hit-and-run happened Monday morning on South Garland Avenue, across the street from Garland High. Natalia Estrada is still in critical condition at the hospital. Her family has a message for the driver.

The victim was crossing the street towards school around 6 a.m. and had almost made it across the road when a pickup coming north hit her and didn't stop to help the seriously-injured teen.

After hours of surgery and two days of intensive care, 18-year-old Natalia Estrada woke up with questions.

“When she woke up today, she didn't know what happened to her,” said her aunt, Brandy Valdes. “The last thing she remembers is crossing the street right here, hitting the button crossing the street.”

Valdes says Estrada suffered a severed femoral artery that threatened her life. She had a rod placed in her leg. Doctors are trying to save her right kidney while treating a broken hip, lacerated liver and fractured ribs.

“When she was being lifted up, she was just screaming and crying,” Valdes said. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I had to turn my head because it was just so sad to watch her go through all this.”

A witness in another car told Garland police a gray pickup traveling north slammed into Estrada and then pulled around nearby businesses and took off.

“Right now, our investigators are working, looking for businesses that may have any kind of surveillance video that shows the street with this accident as well as help us identify what truck this is,” explained Lt. Pedro Barineau.