A Memphis woman nearly died last weekend and her friend was seriously injured after they were struck by an SUV in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. As of Tuesday, police had not yet been able to identify the driver responsible for causing the hit-and-run accident. However, a witness was able to snap a cellphone picture of the vehicle’s license plate.
The women said they were leaving Celtic Crossing and walking across the street to their car when they were struck by a Ford Expedition traveling at approximately 40 mph. One woman had her foot run over by the SUV and the other was dragged underneath it.
Witnesses at the scene told police that the SUV driver and a passenger got out of their vehicle to look at the victims, but then got back inside and quickly drove away. The more severely injured victim told WREG News that “honestly, they probably thought I was dead.”
That victim is currently an inpatient at the Trauma ICU at The MED. She suffered a fractured pelvis, damaged blood vessels and extensive road rash. She will be confined to a wheelchair for at least three months, and may ultimately require surgery.
Tennessee Car Accident Lawsuits
The woman told reporters that she is just trying to focus on getting better. However, she is worried because she recently lost her job and does not have health insurance. She is not sure how she will pay her medical bills.
Tennessee law is set up to protect people who are injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence. Accident victims can bring personal injury lawsuits to recover damages for losses including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Recovery is still possible in hit-and-run accidents, since the victim’s own auto insurance policy will usually provide coverage.
Source: WREG News, “Woman Pushes Friend Out of the Way in Hit and Run Accident,” Melissa Moon, May 22, 2012.