AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Carly Taggart, 23, avoids driving down Southwest Parkway.
Behind the wheel, memories of being hit by a suspected drunk driver come flooding back. "I can't wrap my head around the fact,” Taggart said.
“Why I’m still here, Why I’m still alive? Why that didn't kill me?"
On April 23rd, Taggart was driving northbound when she said an erratic driver caused her to swerve off the side of the road and into some trees. She got out of the car to survey the damage and then a second driver hit her, pinning her underneath his car.
"My arm was broken, my legs were crushed, I really thought I wasn't going to be able to walk,” said taggart. "Laying there are on the concrete that's all I could think about was what about my marriage what about my honeymoon, what about all these plans that I had."
A woman named Kathy pulled over and stayed with her until medics arrived. Taggart recalls first responders lifting her from underneath the car and placing her on the stretcher. "I want to thank her for being there for me and holding my hand during that you know that was absolutely the scariest thing I have ever been through and she was so selfless and stayed there with me," said Taggart.
Taggart was rushed to St. Davids South Austin Medical center with multiple cuts to her arms and legs, along with a broken arm. The doctors placed seven screws, a plate and a rod in her arm.
She will be in a cast for about six weeks, her wounds will soon be scars.
Police arrested the driver they report hit Taggart, Jacob Ross Hamm, 30. He's been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and has since been released on bond. "Having someone else's mistake dictate so much of your life is really crazy,” Taggart said. "It's not worth it get the $10 Uber it's not worth it you are endangering people's lives."
Grateful to be alive Taggart, looks forward to walking down the aisle at her wedding in October. She hopes one day she will be able to meet with the woman who stopped to help her.