SHE nearly died after a car smashed into her at a bus stop.
But brave teenager Becky Jones has finally conquered a fear she was left with by her horrifying experience - and travelled aboard a bus for the first time in more than three years.
Becky, now 19, was left in a coma in hospital and mum Samantha Bowman feared her daughter would not pull through after the crash in December 2008 in which she suffered serious head injuries.
Even today Becky, from Stainforth, Doncaster, is still living with the consequences of her injuries.
“Becky has been scared to leave the house because of what happened, and she is scared of traffic, although she has some great support workers,” said Samantha.
“But now she has got on a bus for the first time. That was fantastic. For most people getting on a bus may be mundane, but for Becky it was amazing.
“She has been terrified about bus stops and it is such a milestone. It has taken a long time for her to be able to stand at a bus stop. Now hopefully she will be able to do it again.”
Becky had been waiting with friends for a bus from Stainforth to Hatfield when she was struck by the car. The driver and passengers ran off.
A round-the-clock vigil at Becky’s bedside at Sheffield Children’s Hospital followed, and the former Hatfield High School pupil slowly pulled through.
No-one was ever brought to justice, and Becky and her mum received an apology from the Crown Prosecution Service.
She still has to have fluid drained from her brain. Her memory and concentration have not returned fully. Walking is still difficult.
Her mum says she does not go out like most 19-year-olds.
Samantha said: “Physically, she is doing well, though there is still a long way to go.
“Her concentration span is not good and she still forgets. We have to say things again and again and write things down.
“She’s not had her education because she’s still in full-on physiotherapy. She still has weakness on her left side. She can walk but she can stumble on uneven ground, and she still uses the wheelchair for longer journeys.
“But from what she was after she was first injured, she is amazing. When it first happened I never thought Becky would get to this stage, and I’m just grateful for how she is now.
“But it should never have happened and you do look back and think about where she would be now if she had not been injured. She should have been working abroad, as she had planned. You adjust or you would send yourself crazy.
“All I ever wanted afterwards was justice, and I didn’t get that because no-one was prosecuted.
“But we have turned around and focused on Becky and getting her better.”
She said she hoped the people who were in the car which hit Becky had learned from what happened.