A student was rushed to the hospital Monday after being hit by a car while walking home from school, according to Tampa Police Department.
Monesha McDuffie, 18, was walking home from D.W. Waters Career Center when she was hit by a car on East Osborne Avenue.
The driver, Malik A. Majied, 23, is charged with driving under the influence.
Majied lost control, police said, careening onto the sidewalk and hitting the girl.
She was dragged under the car across a yard until the car, a rented white Ford Fusion, came to a stop against a chain link fence.
Neighbors rushed to pull the girl from beneath the vehicle.
She was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious burns. Police said the car's oil pan burst during the crash, spilling hot motor oil on the girl.
Her family said she has severe burns on her stomach and legs.
"My mom was crying, and I just got done crying. I am trying to keep it strong, but...I mean…I can't,” said Iris Lawson, the victim’s sister, about learning of the collision from police.
Family friend Lisa Smith described Monesha as an outspoken but respectful young woman.
“She a nice person. She go to school. She do what her Momma tell her to do and stuff,” Smith said. “And she is really a good help with my baby."
Majied passed out behind the wheel, police said. According to Tampa Police, investigators suspect he may have been driving under the influence of drugs.