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Grandma critical after saving boy on Halloween

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The family of a Cleburne grandmother is hoping she will pull through after being hit by a car on Halloween.

Police said the 61-year-old woman was struck Thursday night in the 900 block of North Nolan River. She was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Terri Shelby's family members told FOX 4 she was out with her 3-year-old grandson and his mother. They had participated in some Halloween festivities at Nolan River Mall and were walking back to their car.

They called her a hero. They said she pushed her grandson out of the way of the oncoming car and took the biggest impact.

She's now in the intensive care unit, but he suffered only minor injuries. His mother was also hospitalized.

Although police said the driver who hit the family stopped to help, witnesses said she only did so because a group of church members forced her to.

Regardless, police are treating the case as an accident. They said it happened on a five lane road that is not well lit.

Charges against the driver are not likely, police said.

Update 11/5/13:
Terri Shelby's family said she is still in a medically induced coma because of head trauma. The accident shattered every bone in her face, cracked her skull and broke her ribs and one leg.

While they pray for the swelling in her brain to go down, they are looking for witnesses to the accident. Anyone who saw what happened is encouraged to email or call 325-212-3597.

A donation fund has been set up to help the family with medical expenses. Shelby's husband is also battling cancer and cannot work. For details, see or

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