OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A search is on for the driver who hit a woman in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood over the weekend, leaving her crumpled in the street with broken bones in a crash that was captured on camera.
KPIX 5 obtained the exclusive video and talked to the victim about the terrifying hit-and-run collision.
It was at 6:15 a.m. Sunday morning when the grey car seen in the surveillance camera video hit Jane Lyon in the middle of Shafter Avenue.
“That was probably the saddest I’ve ever been in my life. And she drove away,” Lyon said.
Lyon was walking from the nearby Rockridge BART parking lot to her job at Market Hall Produce when she was hit. She said it seemed like the car came out of nowhere.
“I went up on the hood and then flew back into the street, landing on my left side,” said Lyon.
The woman driving the car got out.
“There was such a calm when she got out of the car. Like, ‘Oh good, she’s going to stay and she’s going to help me,'” said Lyon. “And then she drove away. I just don’t know how you can do that.”
In the dim, pre-dawn light, Lyon was left alone on the pavement, dazed and injured.
“And it was the most panicked I had been, thinking I was now by myself in the middle of the street,” remembered Lyon.
A bystander came to help her, directing traffic around Lyon until an ambulance showed up.
Now, with a fractured clavicle and $5,000 dollars in medical costs, Lyon says she has learned a lesson about jaywalking. And she wants to track down the woman who hit her and drove off.
“She has no idea what was wrong with me. Like, for all she knows, I could have died, said Lyon. How can she go and sleep at night knowing that?”
Oakland police will be able to review the surveillance video and enhance it to get more detail.
“With their tools, the Oakland Police Department will analyze the footage,” said Chris Carlin, a private security guard with the company that keeps the database of surveillance video. “They will take a look and see what kind of car it was and who was driving.”
Carlin told KPIX 5 he could already spot the possible make of the vehicle.
“I’m not sure, it could be a Ford Festiva or a Honda Accord,” said Carlin.
Police said several pedestrians have been hit in the same area. Lyon’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the suspected driver.