Dallas woman struck by hit-and-run driver

A Dallas woman has a lot to be thankful for this holiday.

Caroline Spinelli was on her daily morning walk with her dogs Wednesday morning when she was hit by a driver who took off near the intersection of Cole Ave. and Hall St.

She was left lying in the middle of the street for several minutes before someone found her and called police.

"The last thing I remember is getting hit," said Spinelli, "seeing headlights and being on the ground."

When the 38-year-old was hit, her left knee took the brunt of the impact, damaging her ligaments and requiring stitches.

"I looked back to my right and saw his grill from his car was lying beside me," said Spinelli, "I tried to yell help and you think in those types of situations you'll be able to yell out at the top of your lungs and I couldn't get anything out. It was very scary."

A witness in another car chased the hit & run driver and was able to determine it was an older model white Buick.

The front grill is now missing.

The circumstances are especially troubling for Spinelli, whose own mother was killed by a hit & run driver in Miami in 1981.

Her killer was never found.

Police have two letters of the suspect's license plate thanks to the witness gave chase.

The suspect's engine was also smoking as a result of the impact.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas Police.

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