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Driver charged with hitting Whitefish girl who just got off of a school bus

Posted at 4:20 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:28:55-04

Patricia Berliner, who was reportedly driving a vehicle that hit 6-year old Jordana Hubble on November 12, 2019, has been charged, according to Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner.

Hubble had just gotten off of a school bus when she was hit. Court documents say that Jordana "was reportedly thrown approximately 60 feet from the point of impact to where she came to rest in the ditch."

Berliner - who is not currently in custody - has been charged with one count of felony criminal endangerment.

Court documents state that “the defendant knowingly engaged in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to others, namely Jordana Hubble."

The Montana Highway Patrol previously told MTN News the driver - now identified as Berliner - failed to stop for the bus when it had its flashing lights and stop sign up on US Highway 93 North near mile marker 137. According to witness statements, Berliner said she did not think she had to stop since the bus was in the other lane.

Jordana was taken to Nexus Children's Hospital in Houston in January to continue her recovery from the injuries she sustained in the incident. Family members say that Jordana made significant progress within several days of being admitted to the "coma emergence program."

MTN News was told a few days later that Jordana is now considered to be in a 'minimally conscious' state. Rather than being in a continuous coma, she now suffers from what her doctor called a Disorder of Consciousness, which is a product of her Diffusal Axonal Brain Injury. She was also smiling and laughing, and at times appeared to recognize family members. The family says they're optimistic about her treatment at this facility.

We will update you as we get more information.