Injured Tampa student wants driver in jail

Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa 11th-grader who was struck and dragged by a car as she walked home has a message for the driver: "I want him to be in jail."

A judge determined Tuesday that Malik Majied, 23, of Tampa, violated his probation for drug charges, and also is charged with DUI with personal injury.

The 18-year-old girl who was hit, Monesha McDuffie, tells 10 News that Majied is where he should be – behind bars.

ON SCENE:Student hit, dragged by car

McDuffie had been walking home from school in the 1200 block of Osborne Avenue near Olney Avenue when she was hit from behind and pinned underneath the car. Neighbors pulled her to safety as hot oil dripped on her legs and stomach.

She remained hospitalized Tuesday, but on the road to recovery.

McDuffie has a message for the driver who hit her: "I think he does not need to be behind the wheel of any car. I want him to be in jail," she said from her hospital bed.

McDuffie says Majied is ruining her senior year and could have ended her life.

10 News was there as paramedics rushed her to the hospital, and her screams were heard by neighbors down the block.

She doesn't remember much from the impact.

"I didn't even see the car coming. It was like a push in the back, a big push, a bunch of burns, that's all," says McDuffie.

She had been texting with her best friend, Atiya Akram, when police say Majied plowed her down.

"He should've gotten charged with more than just DUI. He needs to do some time," says Akram.

Tuesday, a judge is making sure Majied won't get out of jail. The crash is a violation of his probation for marijuana charges last year.

This is his latest of at least eight prior arrests for cocaine delivery, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, and driving violations - all of which he had served his time.

This time, prosecutors argue Majied was impaired and behind the wheel.

"There was an empty bottle of liquid oxycodone on the console. Post Miranda, the defendant admitted to taking the medicine from his mother. He also admitted to consuming it over the past couple of days, but denied consuming it on this day," said a Hillsborough County prosecutor in court.

Majied's family didn't want to talk about what happened.

McDuffie, her family and friends believe Majied needs to be punished. "She was so innocent, and she could've lost her life," says Akram.

McDuffie plans to pursue a nursing degree, but first she has her own medical needs. Doctors tell her she will be in the hospital at least until Wednesday and will have to have skin grafts for her burns.


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