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Woman hopes driver who hit her and drove away will be found

Posted: 11:35 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 23:35:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Laurel Anne Nance was on her way home when it happened.

After 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nance was riding an electric scooter west on Indiana Avenue after she got off work at a local bar and had the signal to cross 10th Street. She said a car that was driving east turned left onto 10th Street as she was crossing and hit her.

"Tumbled over the car and tumbled over onto the road," Nance said. "Just laying there and shocked of what just happened. I can't even describe it."

She caught a glimpse of the car while she lay in the road.

"I kind of tried to look up to see the car — that's all I saw was silver — but it just kind of stopped a little bit and took off," she said. "That person, they couldn't have known whether they killed me or not. I don't know how long I was there for. I could have gotten run over again."

Someone eventually stopped and called for help, and now Nance wants answers.

"Thank you. You are a beautiful person and a Good Samaritan," she said. "We're really struggling on trying to figure out who just hit me and left me there in the road."

She hopes someone will remember seeing the silver car that was driving along Indiana Avenue and 10th Street at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and call police. Nance has started a GoFundMe because she cannot work and she's studying to be an EMT.

"It's hard for me to walk. Both my ankles are sprained," she said. "I had two clinicals this week that I had to miss. I talked to my EMT instructor we have to appeal to the state now how to figure out how to get those hours."

Nance wants scooter companies to take additional steps toward safer rides. For example, she said almost nobody carries a helmet and now she wants them required for riders.

"They should step up their game and safety instead of just, 'Oh you should wear a helmet,'" Nance said. "A helmet probably would have helped at least save some part of my face."

She feels grateful that's all that happened.

"I'm blessed that nothing worse happened," she said. "I'm blessed I don't have a spinal injury I don't have any broken extremities."

Mostly, she hopes someone turns the driver in — or that the driver takes responsibility.

"I hope that you can maybe find peace and come forward somehow, someway," she said.

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