A San Diego physical education teacher is now forced to deal with a career threatening injury thanks to a reckless hit and run driver. As reported by San Diego 7, the woman, an employee of Alice Birney Elementary School, was out biking on Thursday when the accident happened. She was riding along Clairemont Drive near Galveston Street, when a driver attempting to pass another car swerved into the bike lane struck her and fled the scene. The teacher suffered a compound fracture and dislocated ankle. Her husband, who was with her when the accident happened, stated, “I stopped and turned around and there was my wife on the ground, crumpled. I thought she was dead.”
The collision was so violent it nearly severed the teacher’s foot. Fortunately, surgeons at Scripps La Jolla Hospital were able to tend to the injury and preserve the nearly amputated foot. Authorities now have the difficult task of tracking down the hit and run driver.
The driver was operating a dark blue Buick LaCrosse – potentially a model from 2005 – 2009. Authorities also believe the side mirror was knocked off in the accident and the vehicle had noticeable front-end collision damage along the hood and bumper. The investigation remains open and authorities hope witnesses will come forward with more information.
The woman injured in this particular situation was lucky to survive the accident and get proper medical treatment. This isn’t always the case. Depending on the circumstances, many hit and run victims and their surviving families are left to fend for themselves.
But help is available. If you’ve been injured or lost a family member to a hit and run collision, call the Jurewitz Law Group today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We can be reached at (888) 233-5020.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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