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HIT-AND-RUN: Robbinsdale woman struck on bus bench

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ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (KMSP) - She was sitting alone on a bus stop bench typing a plea for help finding her lost dog when a hit-and-run driver slammed into her, and police hope a broken mirror left at the scene will help them catch the driver.

Robbinsdale police admit they don't have much to go on at this point -- no make or model, but with a woman recovering in the hospital after a hit-and-run crash, they're hoping the public can help them find the culprit in the early Saturday morning crash.

Matthew Paulson told Fox 9 News the barbecue dinner got off to a great start in their back yard on Saturday, but as the evening progressed, a friend accidentally left a gate open and the family dog disappeared.

"Probably after one, 'Where's Titus? Where's the dog?'" Paulson recalled.

The Italian greyhound had taken off, and the group of friends soon followed after in hopes of finding him in the neighborhood. Sometime after 3 a.m., Paulson said his wife, Katie, walked just a few feet away from their home over to the bus bench at the corner of Halifax Avenue and Lake Drive. She sat down and decided to send a Facebook message asking friends to keep an eye when a collision changed everything.

"I heard my wife screaming," Paulson told Fox 9 News.

Paulson said she was struck by a car that never stopped after side-swiping her on the two-way street with bike lanes.

"She saw lights coming at her is pretty much what she said," he relayed.

Friend and neighbor Robert Ackerman called 911 as he saw Katie Paulson lying on the ground and wriggling in pain.

"There was some blood coming from her head," he said.

At the hospital, she had a rod put in her leg as well as a plate and a bunch of screws in her foot and ankle. Doctors also had to put 12 staples in the back of her head, but Matthew Paulson is thankful his wife is alive and expected to make a full recovery. Now, however, he wants justice.

"I would like to have somebody held accountable for running my wife over," he said.

As for Titus, he returned home about an hour later.

"Came right in and laid on the couch," Matthew Paulson said.

Now that he's back home, he's brightening everyone's spirits and helping the couple through this difficult time. Katie Paulson should be done with her surgeries and may even be out of the hospital sometime this week; however, she will have a long recovery at home as well.

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