Teen suffers brain injury from West Seattle hit-and-run

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SEATTLE - An 18-year-old girl who was injured in a hit-and-run told her story to KIRO 7 Eyewitness News of the day she was struck outside of a West Seattle high school.

 

KIRO 7 reporter Alison Grande spoke with Cassandra Goodwin, who was hit by a woman outside of Chief Sealth High School in late November.

 

“She tried to kill me. I could see how she was acting. You don’t hit nobody with your car,” said Goodwin.

 

According to police, Amy O’Brien and Goodwin started fighting a block from the school after O’Brien’s dog attacked Goodwin.

 

“It bit me, and I socked it back,” Goodwin said.

 

 O’Brien got a Taser and chased Goodwin and a friend.

 

Police said when the teens got to the school, O’Brien intentionally struck Goodwin with her car and fled the scene.

 

“Intentionally, she swerved around other kids just to get me. Pushed on her gas and hit me. She was going to run back over me, but somebody came and got me,” said Goodwin.

 

O’Brien turned herself in the next day and pleaded not guilty to felony hit-and-run and two counts of assault on Monday.

 

Goodwin has a brain injury and her doctors do not know if she will ever be the same.

 

“It was awful, and it changed my life,” said Goodwin. “I could have died. The way she hit me, I fell right on my face.”

 

Goodwin hasn’t returned to school since she was hit, and she only needs four more credits to graduate.

 

O'Brien will be in court again on Jan. 17.