“I don’t know how we made it”: Victim of hit and run speaks out

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): The victim of a hit and run is speaking out after her car ended up on its roof, trapping her inside.

Emelda Benitez was going to the grocery store with her significant other in the passenger seat when a car hit them on Baker Street and Virginia Avenue on Sunday around 5 p.m.

“I don’t know how we made it,” Benitez said. “We were going in the car and all of a sudden someone went through the stop sign and hit us. My car flipped and we were against the building.”

Providence Police said the driver left the scene and took off on foot, leaving Benitez and her partner trapped inside.

“I was trying to get out but I couldn’t because my leg was stuck,” Benitez said. “One of my legs was hanging and the other was stuck in the brake.”

Benitez said officers cut her seatbelt off and were able to get her and her partner out safely.

She stayed in the hospital overnight for back pain but her significant other is still there.

“He’s having a lot of pain in his stomach, so they want to make sure they don’t have to do surgery,” Benitez said.

Their dog was also in the car at the time and Benitez believes she was tossed out the window during the crash.

“Her legs in the back I think are hurting her,” Benitez said.

Benitez hopes whoever is responsible will come forward.

“Confront the situation,” Benitez said. “Be a person, a human being, because I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Providence Police said they found a debit card and pay stubs in the driver’s car that fled the scene, so they are hoping that will lead to an arrest.

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