A hit-and-run victim says she remembers everything about being struck by a speeding driver over the weekend as she was walking in downtown Dallas.
Victim Lisa Hernandez, 22, was on her way to work at a downtown restaurant when she was struck. Now, she's got months of recovery ahead of her.
Hernandez says the man behind the wheel blamed her for the accident before taking off. Police have yet to locate the driver, despite some potentially important evidence left behind.
Hernandez just gotten off the bus and was crossing southbound on Elm Street in a crosswalk.
“I turn around and I look and the hand is showing, so I still got 15 seconds to cross the street,” she said.
While Hernandez thought that was plenty of time to cross safely, things didn’t go as she planned.
“This car is coming and I just turn into a deer in the headlights because of the speed that he's going at, and in the back of my head, I'm like, ‘I'm about to get hit,’” said Hernandez.
According to the police report, a vehicle described by witnesses as a green Ford Explorer sped up, ran a red light and hit Hernandez, throwing her 4-foot-9 frame several car lengths away and knocking the SUV’s front license plate off.
The driver pulled over, but didn’t offer a shred of compassion.
“That's when he said, ‘That's what you get for crossing the street like that,’ and then he takes off,” said Hernandez. “…Those words will not leave my head."
Witness Marine Theriaunt watched horrified and ran to help.
“She was laying on her side and her leg was like all twisted up, and she kept screaming, ‘My leg! My leg!’” said Theriaunt. “At that point, I just wanted to cry. I didn't know what to do.”
Hernandez can't explain why the driver would be so callous, but she has an idea why her life was spared.
“I had a son who passed away three years ago,” said Hernandez. “And I swear I felt him lift me. Like he was right there with me. Like, ‘Mom, it's not your turn to go.’”
Police recovered the license plate the suspect was driving in the crash, and there’s a Dallas police camera mounted at that intersection.
Police are reportedly reviewing video, but they say for now, that plate has not led to the suspect or suspect vehicle.
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