Jogger hit by car won't let that stop him from race
RAINIER, Ore. - A Rainier High School student was hit from behind while jogging last week and the driver sped off.
Bailey, who didn't want to be fully identified for this story, was able to walk away with just scratches and bruises. If he had been just a little farther out in the road, things could have ended differently, Bailey and his father said.
Even though he's still recovering from the accident and is "super sore," it's not stopping him from training for a race that's just days away.
"I was thinking, 'Did this really happen? Was this actually something that is possible to happen to me? I'm just a normal teenager. Why did this happen to me?' It was just kind of that disbelief," he said.
He said he was out for several minutes and after waking from unconsciousness, he was able to walk to the high school to get some help.
"I went into the classroom, and I was like, 'Can you help me?' It was Mr. Demko. He was like, 'What do you need?' And I was like, 'I think I just got hit by a car.'"
Bailey's dad then picked him up at the school and took him to the hospital where he spent four hours in the trauma unit. That's when the reality of what had just happened started to set in for this 16-year-old.
"There was definitely times where I thought, 'Am I going to walk away from this? Is this just temporary? Adrenaline?'"
Bailey, who was diagnosed with scoliosis two years ago, isn't letting the incident slow him down. He was back in school just two days after the accident.
While no arrests have been made yet, he's just hoping someone will come forward.
"Take some accountability. Take some responsibility with your actions," he said. "I've made mistakes in my life but admit you've made a mistake and just move on from it."
Bailey plans on participating in the 10K race in Astoria this weekend.
The hit-and-run happened exactly a week ago Wednesday right around the time school was getting out, so the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is hoping someone saw something. The sheriff's office doesn't even have a description of the car or the driver.