We have a new entry into the “WTF files.” A comatose Las Vegas teenager was given a jaywalking ticket as she was being rushed into life-saving surgery.

13 year-old Takara Davis was struck by a car when she was walking home from school on Tuesday. As she was being rushed into the operating room, her mother says a police officer handed her a jaywalking ticket and informed her that her daughter—who was fighting for her life—needed to appear in court.

“He said, ‘Takara was jaywalking. She has got to go to court on March 6th,'” said Kellie Obong, Davis’ mother. “If she was jaywalking, then she was jaywalking. But maybe you give it to me at a later time. Don’t give it to me when they are rushing her into the operating room.”

Seriously?

While Obong is willing to pay the ticket, she feels the police acted in poor taste. However, the Las Vegas Police Department defended its officer’s actions.

“Our officers conduct themselves in a professional and compassionate way. We wouldn’t do anything deliberately insensitive,” the LVPD said in a statement issue after the accident asserted.

Davis has been in a medically induced coma since the accident and her mother is praying for her recovery.

“Every time they (doctors) come in, they say that the bleeding hasn’t stopped on the brain,” Obong said. “She’s got no feeling of movement on her left side at all.”

Smooth move, Las Vegas PD. Smooth.

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  • The driver was not cited for anything? I mean if everyone is saying the person sped up, then WTF is going on? I guess the laws in Nevada allows drivers to run down people in crosswalks.

  • yesindeed

    The manner in which this situation was handled was poor and insensitive. The ticket could have been dealt with later, or if ever. On the other hand, this is an example of why we don’t jaywalk! I go to college in a busy metropolitan area where you have to cross many streets and one time I called myself being bold and stepped out before given the signal to walk across, I thought the bus was going to be stationary long enough to cross…wrong, I was almost hit by the bus. NEVER again have I done that. Those lights are there for a good reason, and if she had followed the rules she would not be fighting for her life nor would her mother have to pay a ticket. Nevertheless, I am on her side to return to good health, the ticket should be taken away because I think she has learned a lesson already.

  • Jenn

    I’m cynical enough to dismiss the initial ticket but I hate that the police dept defended the officers actions as “compassionate”. Why don’t they just admit it could have been handled better?