Police release shocking video showing driver ramming into woman in hit and run
Warning: this story contains graphic video that some readers may find disturbing
A 61-year-old woman who was struck in a shocking hit and run in Toronto on Oct. 31 says she can't remember much from the crash that flipped her in the air and left her on the pavement in broad daylight.
"I remember only the colour of the car, but I couldn't remember anything else. I didn't know that I flew in the air," the woman who CBC is identifying only as Elena told As It Happens. "It was really, really hard for me. I'm lucky to be alive."
In the hope of identifying the driver, Toronto police have released a video showing the moment a woman was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Elena was making her way across Steeles Avenue E. at the pedestrian crossing Halloween morning when a car turning left hit her.
She says she remembers that one car passed her while she was crossing the street, but the second vehicle, which she says was white, hit her.
The vehicle, turning from Laureleaf Road, failed to slow down or react to the presence of two people crossing the road, instead driving directly into the woman.
The driver then continued to drive along Steeles.
Elena had a busy day ahead of her when she was struck. She was planning to visit her mother who's in a nursing home.
When she hit the ground after the car struck her, she said she was still conscious.
"The first thing that went through my mind I said, "Let's check my toes to see if they move," Elena said. "I said, 'Thank God, my toes are moving, so I'm not going to be paralyzed.'"
She then called her husband who was surprised to learn about the hit and run as he had dropped her off at a gas station just moments before. He came back to help her.
He wasn't the only one who helped. The driver of the vehicle before the one that struck her came back to help, too, Elena said.
She was sent to hospital with serious injuries, and the hit and run has left Elena with several bruises, a crack on her pelvis and a lot of pain.
"It's going to take probably two, three months to feel better," Elena said.
She's now using a walker and is trying to use a cane. She says she's expected to make a full recovery.
Police are looking for the driver and the white four-door vehicle involved in the incident. Police are also asking business owners and drivers to submit any video recordings of the intersection they may have captured.
"I trust the police that finally they will find the person," she added. "Drivers really have to be careful when they drive and to watch for pedestrians."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.