A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a car while playing in her front yard says her 12-year-old brother saved her with CPR he learned from watching YouTube

NBC NewsLaDerihanna Holmes was hit by a car while playing in her front yard last week. She is expected to make a full recovery.
  • LaDerihanna Holmes, 9, was playing in the front yard of her Lithonia, Georgia home on March 29 when a car jumped the curb and pummelled her into the side of her house.
  • She suffered a fractured skull and a broken pelvis in the hit-and-run crash.
  • LaDerihanna was in high hopes when she spoke to an NBC News reporter from the hospital this week, and said she intends to walk again soon.
  • The man suspected of hitting Holmes was arrested on Tuesday.
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The 9-year-old Georgia girl who was struck by a car while playing in her front yard last week spoke out from the hospital where she’s been making an incredibly fast recovery.

Anyone who saw the security footage of the incident would be shocked that LaDerihanna Holmes even survived. She was playing outside of her Lithonia home on March 29 when a car jumped the curb and pummelled her into the side of her house, causing her to suffer a fractured skull and broken pelvis.

But LaDerihanna was already strong enough to sit for an interview with NBC News this week, and said she intends to walk soon and return to her cheerleading squad.

“We’ve taken a few steps on the walker – as many as I could do. I was like, I’m not going to be in the hospital for too long,” LaDerihanna told NBC.

LaDerihanna also credited her 12-year-old brother with saving her life. She says he came sprinting out of the house and started performing CPR on her, which he learned from watching YouTube.


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“He was hysterical at first, something just came over him, he started pumping her chest,” mum Charlette Bolton told NBC.

During the interview, LaDerihanna thanked all the people who had been sending their well-wishes to her from around the world.

“It’s just wonderful and overwhelming that they’re helping me and praying for me and putting me in their prayers, and it’s just so nice,” she told NBC. “My goal is to get better with the help from everybody in the world.”

The 28-year-old man suspected of hitting LaDerihanna was arrested on Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday through his lawyer, Gabriel Fordham alleged the crash was an accident caused by a man in the passenger seat trying to steal his car.

LaDerihanna’s mother is sceptical of the story.

“When you get carjacked, you don’t get carjacked from the passenger’s side,” Bolton told NBC. “I don’t believe it one bit. It’s outrageous.”

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