9-Year-Old Playing in Her Yard Suffers Broken Skull After Car Plows Into Her

LaDerihanna Holmes
LaDerihanna Holmes
Photo: GoFundMe

It’s a miracle this little girl even survived.

Sadly, it seems no matter where they are, kids can also face the threat of death, whether celebrating a birthday at their own home or doing homework while reclining in their own beds.


In this latest installment, a child can’t even play in her own yard without facing down the Grim Reaper.

LaDerihanna Holmes, 9, of Lithonia, Ga., was playing in her front yard with another child Friday when seemingly out of nowhere a car came barreling across the lawn and hit LaDerihanna head-on. The other child was able to escape major injury.

Home surveillance video footage of the crash is chilling:

But LaDerihanna’s family say they released the footage in hopes of catching the cold-blooded, heartless, cowardly hit-and-run driver who they say ran away, along with a passenger in the car, after mowing down the 9-year-old.

“You will be caught. The video is everywhere,” Charlette Burton, the girl’s mother, said at a press conference Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “Think about a precious little girl ... Do what’s right.”


LaDerihanna suffered a skull fracture, a broken pelvis and other injuries when the Ford Fusion sedan drove across her lawn and right into her, plowing her into the wall of her home, the Journal-Constitution reports.

“(The car) hit her head-on, and it didn’t just hit her, it knocked her through a brick wall,” the family’s attorney L. Chris Stewart said. “It is an absolute miracle that she survived this.”


According to the Associated Press, LaDerihanna appeared lifeless after the crash, and as her family frantically went to her side, a man who came to help and the girl’s 12-year-old brother started CPR. LaDerihanna’s father, Derryl Holmes, picked her up and drove her to the hospital, “keeping his hand on her heart to make sure she was breathing,” Burton told the AP.

“I drove with one hand the whole way,” Holmes told the AJC, “and I made sure she had a heartbeat the whole way there.”


“She’s so tiny. She’s only 45 to 50 pounds,” Burton said. “I just don’t know how she made it.”

The family’s attorney said LaDerihanna is so badly injured she’ll have to learn to walk again. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family cover expenses.


DeKalb County police said Monday they had “good leads” on finding those responsible, but news of an arrest has yet to be made.




That’s one tough little lady...and two cowardly humans who almost killed her.