Hit and run of local bicyclist caught on video

Hit and run of local bicyclist caught on video

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A local bicyclist is thankful to still be here. She was the victim of a hit and run that was caught on surveillance video.

"They are really fortunate that I wasn't killed and so was I, so best thing to do right now is for them to turn themselves in for sure," said the victim, Rebekah Abernathy.

It happened just after 8 a.m. on Sept. 12 in the 900 block of Magazine Street. Abernathy was on her way to work when she said out of no where she was hit from behind.

"I didn't see it coming, obviously. I felt the impact. I didn't necessarily feel the flying through the air part, the part that is on video I do remember. I didn't lose consciousness," she said.

She said several people stopped to help, but the driver took off.

"They didn't stop at all, they didn't even slow down," she said. "I have no words to describe how I feel about that, I don't think I have quite processed that part of things yet."

She believes the white Dodge Magnum that hit her would have damage.

"I don't see how they couldn't have damage to the front of their car, they hit me pretty hard. My bike, the back of my bike is destroyed," said Abernathy.

Abernathy had to go to the hospital and said she hasn't been cleared to return to work yet after suffering a concussion and inner ear damage.

"I still have some tests to do on my pelvis, my spine and my neck to see what the extent of the tissue damage is," she said.

As she continues her recovery, she just hopes whoever was behind the wheel that day will turn themselves in.

"I think at this point if that person wants to preserve any small, tiny amount of dignity or show any kind of remorse, really, really, should turn themselves in at this point," said Abernathy.

Abernathy knows her injuries could have been much worse if she wasn't wearing her helmet. She said she also had flashing lights on her bike that morning as she was riding in the bike lane.

Despite what she's been through, she said she will continue riding her bike once she heals.

We reached out to New Orleans police about this story, but they would only say that they did respond to a hit and run at the intersection of Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Drive that morning.

If you have any information about the driver of the car who hit Abernathy, you can contact her attorney, Charles Thomas, at (504) 247-2500.

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