E1900_Walker_TurtleA photo from the scene of the accident on E 1900 Road Thursday evening (photo courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World)

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Former Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker’s daughter remains in critical condition in ICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Mersadie L. Walker, 17, was hit by a passing vehicle while attempting to help a turtle off the road in rural Douglas County Thursday evening.  According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred around 5:30 PM in the 900 block of East 1900 Road.

Walker was struck by a  2014 Chevy Cruze  traveling southbound. The driver was identified as Elisabeth L. Mason, 36, of Lawrence.  Law enforcement officials stated that  Mason was driving with a suspended license and that her plates were not assigned to the vehicle she drove.  Mason was arrested at the time of the accident and booked on suspicion of driving while suspended and failure to provide proof of liability insurance.

Mason is currently free on bond and a court appearance set for July 3.

On Friday Walker’s parents released a statement.

“She was doing something children often do — being kind and compassionate to an animal, which is her nature. She remains in critical condition in ICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, but we are grateful that she is continuing to improve,” the statement read.

“We would like to sincerely thank our friends, family and the community for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We feel your prayers and support and could not get through this without you all.”

Grady Walker served as Eudora Police Chief from 2010 until his resignation in August 2012.

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