November 23, 2014


5-year-old girl struck by car


LORAIN – Police are investigating an accident in which a 5-year-old girl was struck by a car Thursday morning.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Oakdale Avenue and West 23rd Street at 8:06 a.m.

Police said a red 2001 Dodge Neon, driver by Roxanne Rivera, 23, of Lorain, was traveling northbound on Oakdale Avenue approaching the intersection of West 23rd Street.

The girl, Unique Lowrey, of Lorain, was on her way to school with her mother and her brother when she reportedly darted into the northbound lane of travel where she was struck by the Neon, according to a press release from Lorain police.

Police said Unique was thrown north of the intersection by the force of the impact, and she received serious injuries. She was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center by Lifecare and later flown to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland by Lifeflight.

She is recovering and was listed in stable condition at Rainbow Babies on Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman. Rivera was not injured.

The accident is under investigation by the Lorain Police Department Traffic Bureau. The case will be presented to the Lorain City Prosecutor’s Office once the investigation is completed.

Police provided no further information.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or

  • hottamomma

    i bet she learned a good lesson! she wont do it again

    • Sarah Boesger


      • hottamomma

        hey my mom taught me at age 4 about running out into traffic and i taught my son the same thing. now if she did it to spite her mom who was there, then im sure she learned her lesson. now if her mom pushed her then thats different. but being there with ur mom and dart out into traffic, something doesnt sound right. i know some of u parents will say 5 is to young to know about traffic, well no its not

        • WTFnext

          I can’t believe you just suggested that her mother pushed her into traffic. Kids pull loose from their parents all of the time even when holding their hand. Also, there was a sibling there. Maybe the attention was on the girl’s brother at the moment.
          Some of your comments are unbelievable. You really should think them out before posting.

          • hottamomma

            i never suggeted that if u could read. but the way parents killing their own kids now a days it couldve been a possibility. and i can say whatever i want to say on here, who made u god?

  • Larry Oldfield

    when i read something like this. the first thing i think of is my 5 yr old great granddaughter Alyssa

  • Amy Legg

    I saw the rescue vehicles after this little one was hit. I was taking my 4 year old to school. I have 2 questions: Why wasn’t her mother holding her hand? How fast was this driver going to sustain damage to her vehicle from a 5 year old. The speed limit is 25 on that road. I think the mother should answer to why the girl was walking to an intersection without her mother’s hand. I also believe the driver had to have been speeding. Nobody does the speed limit on this road. While not necessarily avoidable, she may not have been thrown.

  • Arietta Sullivan

    accidents happens.this wasn’t no one’s fault.yes,the mother should have been probably holding her hand but i feel that the mother is beating up herself enough,looking down at her baby,i won’t join in&the driver is living with alot of guilt now,also. my prayers goes out for the 5 year old,i hope she recovers in all ways possible&i pray that both mom&driver doesn’t let the guilt of the ‘what ifs’ weigh their heart down.