Woman hit in high-speed chase crash given new car

The woman who helped take down a Dallas carjacking suspect after the crashed into her minivan was surprised with news Thursday during the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show that she'd be getting a brand new car.

Liesmann has become somewhat of an overnight celebrity -- Wednesday, police were pursuing robbery suspect Atrai Alexander, 40, when he allegedly crashed into Liesmann's minivan at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Abrams Road.

Liesmann, who was driving, then got out of her minivan, approached Alexander and dragged him out with the help of her boyfriend, who was in the minivan with her.

Liesmann's 13-year-old son, T.J., was also in the van when it was hit, and police said Liesmann was like a mad mama bear, hanging on to Alexander until officers arrived.

Liesmann said the wrecked minivan was the family's only vehicle, and it was paid off.

Kidd Kraddick Morning Show co-host Big Al Mack was determined to see Liesmann back in the driver's seat.

"It just spoke to me, and the woman needs a car," he said. "You know, she's just trying to make it like everybody else, and she's going to be back on DART because she was trying to protect her kids.  So, I just wanted to do something nice."

Mack contacted the owner of Southwest Kia and arranged for them to give Liesmann a car.

Liesmann was in disbelief.

"I almost like I felt like I was going to pass out," said Liesmann. "I was like, ‘What?  Are you serious?!' He's so generous! Oh my god, he doesn't know how much he just helped my family."


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