An 18-year-old student was struck by a car while walking on a sidewalk near her home in East Tampa this afternoon, police said.
Monesha McDuffie, an 11th-grade student at D.W. Waters Career Center, was walking home from school when Malik A. Majied, 23, of Tampa, lost control of his Ford Fusion rental car and drove off the road near 1209 E. Osborne Ave, police said.
McDuffie was dragged under the car and across a yard before the car hit a chain-link fence and stopped, police said. Neighbors rushed to pull her out from under the car and she was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious burns, police said.
Majied was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with great bodily injury.