Woman Shares Struggle After Surviving Hit and Run

By Lindsay Clein , Daniel Shedd | dshedd@kolr10.com

Published 02/20 2014 10:21PM

Updated 02/20 2014 10:46PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A woman shared her struggle with KOLR10 Thursday night.  She's recovering from a hit and run collision.

Last July, a car hit 46-year-old Michell Krasser at Sunshine and National while she was checking a tire on her car. 

Krasser spent several months in ICU at Mercy Hospital and is now living in a nursing home.

Michell Krasser may have lost a log, but she's not letting that affect her outlook on life.  She says she's just thankful to have survived and wants to help prevent these crimes from happening in the future.

"I feel pretty lucky," Krasser says.  "It just wasn't my time to go."

Michell Krasser is now missing a leg and is paralyzed from the waist down, but she's certainly not missing any opportunities to laugh and smile.

Krasser was with her boyfriend Todd the night of the accident.

"When he was ready to get out, he saw me fly across the road," says Krasser.

While she doesn't remember anything from that night, her scars and injuries speak for themselves.

"I landed on my forehead," she says.  "That's what that scar is right there," she pointed.

Her injuries included multiple broken ribs, shattered bones, a damaged spinal cord, and several gashes.

"I could tell I was almost on my death bed," she says.  "Sometimes I take a shower and look down and think 'man, I wish I had a left leg,' but I don't, and I just have to deal with it.  And I am dealing with it, it's just the part of me that had to go."

Even without a leg, though, Krasser feels lucky.

"There aren't many people that survive a hit and run," she says.

Police made an arrest in January, however charges have not yet been filed.

"She told her boyfriend she hit a mail box.  Do I look like a mailbox?" Krasser asked.  "I just want her to know what she did."

She also wants to know why the driver kept going.

"Why didn't she stop to see if I was okay, you know?" asked Krasser.  "It's all, I am begging you.  That's all you could've done was stopped and checked to see if I was okay."

Krasser may no longer be able to walk and she may not have the freedom she used to, but she says the incident has changed her life in the best way possible.

"I'm happy," she says.  "I'm upbeat, you know.  I'm positive all the time."

Krasser says once she gets a prosthetic leg, she wants to go around to schools and churches to talk about the importance of staying alert while behind the wheel.  She tells us the fact that the accident took place only a block away from Mercy Hospital could be what saved her life.

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