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Covington woman rolled over twice in hit and run


COVINGTON, LA. (WVUE) - A north shore family says it was a miracle: A vehicle struck a woman taking a walk Sunday night, rolled over her twice, and she was released from the hospital the next day.

Now, the Fulda family members don't like to be separated, especially after Sunday night.

"It's a miracle, it's a miracle," said Crystal Fulda.

It happened in the Penn Mill Lakes subdivision north of Covington Sunday night.

Adrian Fulda was walking on Penn Mill Lakes Boulevard with his wife, Crystal, when a dark-colored vehicle appeared out of nowhere and struck her from behind.

"When it hit, she went forward and to the left, and she started rolling," he said.

There are no sidewalks in many north shore subdivisions, including Penn Mill Lakes. So the Fuldas walked on the street.

Adrian wore a bright red hunting cap, and carried a flashlight, but driver of the vehicle apparently didn't see them.

Adrian Fulda was walking with Crystal along the road's edge and against the flow of traffic when the hit-and-run vehicle crossed both lanes and struck Crystal from behind.

"It didn't even hit a brake light," said Adrian.

"When I woke up, they said I got hit," Crystal said. "I thought they were joking with me."

The impact cracked the vehicle's headlight on the driver's side, then the back wheel rolled over Crystal.

"The front tire went over her mid-section and she kept rolling," said Adrian.

Crystal Fulda was rushed to the hospital, after losing a lot of blood.

"My head hurts, my body aches," she said. "But I don't' have anything broken, and every day's a better day."

"As of right now, we just have a dark-colored vehicle, and the investigation is ongoing," said St. Tammany Sheriff's Deputy Derrick Torregano.

Deputies urge caution for anyone walking in neighborhoods without sidewalks, especially at night.

"If you see a vehicle, get out of the way," said Torregano. "They may be texting or impaired - you never know."

Crystal Fulda has just one request.

"I understand it was traumatic, and you're probably afraid, but do the right thing and let us know who you are," she said.

As her recovery continues, she's grateful this hit and run wasn't any worse.

Adrian Fulda says his wife was wearing a knit cap which he believes helped minimize the trauma to her head in the crash.


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