Hit-and-Run Survivor Says She Feels Lucky

Woman thanks onlookers who rushed to help her

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    A woman who was hit by an SUV in Dallas is thankful to the onlookers who helped her. (Published Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011)

    Selena Christian feels like she was hit by a truck... because she was hit by a sport utility vehicle.

    Christian, a 33-year-old mother, was struck by a hit-and-run driver Friday in the Knox-Henderson area of Dallas.

    Woman Grateful for Bystanders' Help After Hit-and-Run

    [DFW] Woman Grateful for Bystanders' Help After Hit-and-Run
    A woman who was hit by an SUV in Dallas is thankful to the onlookers who helped her. (Published Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011)

    Surveillance video from a nearby business shows stunned onlookers reacting and running to her aid. Christian later found out that one of the strangers helping her was a nurse.

    "I just want to say, 'Thank you,'" she said. "I don't know their names. I don't know their faces. I don't know everyone's involvement, but I know there were a lot of people there that helped."

    The video shows Christian and Choate approaching the crosswalk. Christian took a few steps before a tan or beige SUV hit her, tapped the brakes and then sped off.

    Another angle shows that Christian was thrown in front of the SUV. Luckily, the driver swerved to avoid running over her.

    "I feel very lucky. I know that I could have died," Christian said.

    "As soon as I started moving, I was in massive amounts of pain, and it was just excruciating, " she said.

    Carson Choate, Christian's boyfriend, said he thought she was dead.

    "That's how bad she looked. I'm freaking out," he said.

    Christian spent the night in the hospital, but was released after nine stitches. She's still nursing numerous bumps and bruises.

    Dallas police said witnesses were able to get the license plate of the SUV. Police are trying to find the driver.

    Investigators said they also believe the vehicle was involved in another crash on New Year's Eve.