PORTLAND, Ore. – Janae Doby thought she was dreaming.
“I kept asking them in the ambulance: Am I dreaming or is this real?” She said. “I started crying because it was real.”
Doby, 17, was hit by a suspected drunken driver Thursday afternoon near Southwest 185th Avenue and Farmington in Aloha. She suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs, a broken leg and other injuries. She says she’s in excruciating pain.
“I remember getting off the bus and crossing the street. I was trying to text my mom telling her I’d be home in a couple of hours,” Doby said. “I didn’t even get to say ‘couple’ when I heard a weird screeching sound coming from the road. I turned around and there was a car coming up right behind me.”
Witnesses said they saw Doby fly into the air and land on the hood of the car.
The suspect, Bradley Gray, faces DUII and hit-and-run charges. Police said he tried to run away from the scene, but a witness tackled him and held him down.
“When I woke up, there was about 12 or so people all surrounding me, calling me by my name, saying I was gonna be okay,” said Doby.
Doby said Thursday’s crash was the second time a hit-and-run touched her life. In January, one of her closest friends – Harley Rocher – was walking down a road when he was killed in a hit-and-run crash.
“I started having dreams I was getting in car crashes or getting hit,” said Doby. “I’d always be scared when people were driving that I’d be in an accident, and I am in one."
Doctors aren’t sure when Doby will be healed enough to leave the hospital. She hopes to go to her school prom in two weeks.
“Even though I can’t dance, even though I don’t really dance a lot, I’ll still go in a wheelchair and still go.”