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West Rutland hit-and-run victim lives to tell tale

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WEST RUTLAND, Vt. -

Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who left a West Rutland nurse alone laying on the pavement after crashing into her and knocking her over while she was riding her bike.

Janet Slade just started bike riding within the last couple of weeks. She lived to tell us how a driver hit her from behind and then just took off, leaving her bleeding in the street. She says she's bruised and battered, but happy to be alive.

Slade spent Friday getting flowers from loved ones and walking in her garden with a crutch and a bandage on her arm. It's not what she thought she would be doing when she headed out for a bike ride Thursday afternoon.

"Absolutely lucky to be alive, there's no doubt about it," said Slade.

The 52-year-old pediatric high-tech nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center says she headed out into her West Rutland neighborhood just before 2 p.m. when a car came up behind her and hit her.

Police say she told them she was riding her bike north on Marble Street when she got hit just south of Water Street.

She tells us the car didn't stop. Instead, the driver took off and made a left on Water Street, leaving Slade injured on the pavement.

"I think I kinda was screaming a little bit at first, like oh my God, I can't believe this, oh my God, oh my God and I was just kind of looking around and just like do I have a leg, like where am I bleeding," said Slade.

She said she doesn't usually carry a cellphone, but Thursday she did. She called 911 and an ambulance and police arrived. They say hit-and-runs are common, especially in the last few months.

"Think people are, might get scared, little bit of surprise maybe, not paying attention," said Trooper Jesse Dembrackas of the Vermont State Police.

Slade sustained bruises but says she feels lucky she didn't fall on her head. She's black and blue on her backside, arm and stomach. She says she's in pain, but the injuries will heal.

"It really could have ended tragically and so I'm just focusing on that I'm awake and talking and nothing's broken," said Slade.

Slade says she hopes to ride her bike again, but never alone.

Slade also says it all happened very quickly and no one else was around, so it was tough to get a detailed description of the vehicle. Police tell us they are looking for a small black car that is missing a passenger side mirror. They also ask that if you see anyone come into an auto repair shop trying to replace a side mirror, you should contact police.

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