FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CBS Cleveland) – Usually when someone says “Jesus take the wheel” it’s meant to help them through a rough patch in life.
But police say an Indiana woman took the phrase literally on July 11th, when she took her hands off the steering wheel as she was driving.
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports 25-year-old Prionda Hill told authorities she let go of the wheel because “God told her he would take it from here.”
Unfortunately for Anthony Olivery, her car veered off the road and slammed into his motorcycle, throwing him to the ground. Then the car ran over him.
“When I looked at that bumper and looked at that tire, I told myself, today is the day you die,” he told the paper.
The accident broke all of Olivery’s ribs on his left side, cut his spleen, bruised his kidney and caused severe injuries to his left arm and leg.
Hill kept on going, according to court records, hitting a pickup truck twice and only stopping when her car crashed into an island between two fast food restaurants several blocks away from where she struck Olivery. Officials say she told officers she had a prescription for Vicodin.
Though still in constant pain from the accident, Olivery, an experienced rider, told the Journal-Gazette he is grateful it wasn’t worse. “You have no idea, even though how badly I was beaten up, at that point how ecstatic I was that I was still alive,” he said.
Hill was arrested and charged with failure to stop after an accident and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
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