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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

"Whoever dreams they are going to get hit by a car," said victim Priscilla Spitzer.

That's exactly what happened Saturday afternoon during a hiker parade in Damascus Virginia.

"Kind of bowled a bunch of people down. Somebody told me that's exactly what it looked like, somebody bowling, with people in the way," said Spitzer.

Priscilla Spitzer never saw it coming, she was hit from behind.

Spitzer told News Channel 11, "I remember saying, hearing somebody say, ' watch out', and then being hit and I am laying on the ground and wondering. I kept asking my husband, 'what happened? What happened?', and that's when they told me I had been hit by a car."

When tragedy hit the avid hiker she thought her hobby was taken away from her in that spilt second.

"I kept thinking to myself, 'I'll never be able to live this kind of life again', you know hiking, everything, if I can't move my feet," said Spitzer.


Ten people were taken to the hospital, but due to her injuries Spitzer was one of three flown by helicopter.

"Gash to the leg and a broken rib. The tops of my feet are very bruised, and my back is quite bruised," said Spitzer.

All in all, Spitzer considers herself lucky, "I think I consider myself having a Godsend there."

A night in the hospital and Spitzer was released, heading back to her hometown of West Palm, Florida where her next hike awaits her.

"I'm not going to let it stop me because it's something that I enjoy," said Spitzer.

She hopes the others involved, don't let it stop them either.

Two other people, including the driver, remain in the hospital, one at Johnson City Medical Center, another at Johnson Medical Center. Both are listed in stable condition.

Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley, tells News Channel 11 that they will be taking their notes to the Common Wealth Attorney by mid-week to determine if the driver will face any charges.

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