COLLEGE STATION, Texas The boyfriend of the College Station woman run down and left for dead says he'll never forget the moment he almost lost the love of his life.
"I've had to relive that moment over 100 times in the last 48 hours," said the victim's boyfriend, Nicholas Emerson. "And every time, it's no less horrific than it was the first time that I saw it."
Emerson said he and his girlfriend, Michelle Greenway, 19, were stopped at a red light on Longmire at Harvey Mitchell Parkway. The light turned green, and the person in front of them started, then stopped in the middle of the intersection.
"I had honked at him, and I think that must have upset him," said Emerson.
Emerson said they passed the driver and continued on to the Doux Chene Apartments along Harvey Mitchell Parkway, about a block away from the intersection.
The driver followed them to the apartments, pulled up alongside the couple, and started yelling, Emerson said.
The driver took off, hitting Greenway and dragging her several feet as as he fled.
"Now she's thrown off. And she spins and comes down and hits the pavement with her head. Bam!" said Emerson. "Nothing prepares you to see something like that."
Greenway was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull and bruises all over her body. As she sat in the intensive care unit, her mother wrote a letter to the person responsible for putting her there, and sent it to KBTX News.
“You may not have meant to do this, but you still did it," said her mother in the letter. "It is your responsibility as a human being to be accountable for your actions. There was no reason for you to violate her this way.”
Greenway's family said she's doing much better now, but still under close observation.
Meanwhile, Emerson said this whole thing has changed him for the better.
"I fell like it's God's way of saying, this is what you have, and you see how easily it can be taken away," said Emerson. "Start being a man and doing what you need to do."
Emerson said he plans to ask Greenway to marry him soon.
The family has set up an email for anyone who wants to send words of encouragement. prayersforMichelle@hotmail.com
Letter from Michelle’s Mom
My daughter, Michelle Greenway, was the victim of the hit and run in College Station. I would like to say to the person driving the vehicle that hit her to please turn yourself in. You may not have meant to do this, but you still did it. It is your responsibility as a human being to be accountable for your actions. There was no reason for you to violate her this way.
She was born on January 8, 1995, just three months after her father had passed away. She was my last gift from him, and in a time of heartache, she gave myself and other two children something to look forward to. She arrived at 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was the sweetest little thing.
Growing up, Michelle always cared deeply for others. She is a wonderful aunt to her brother’s children and I have had an outpouring of people calling me here at the hospital to check on her. She always attends friends and family events with a sunny smile and a warm heart. We all love her so very much.
She has just started her life away from home and all she was doing was going over to her cousin’s house that night to see her brother. I realize that you are scared and that you are hoping that you are not found. That is not the right thing to do. The guilt from this will follow you all your life. If you have any humanity in you please call the police station and confess to this crime, it is the only right thing to do, for yourself and for Michelle.
Right now, Michelle is fighting for her life. Physically, it appears she is going to make it through. But mentally, she will have to undergo rehabilitation to return to a normal state. She has a fractured skull, numerous bruises and scrapes all over her body. The doctors are keeping her on pain killers in order for her to relax and heal. The full extent of the damage in her brain is still unknown. They will start to assess that damage tomorrow.
She was planning on starting college this summer, but we will now have to wait and see if she will be able to handle it. She still has a little bit of bleeding from her left ear and is very disoriented and scared. Her memory is a come and go situation. I thank God that she is alive and can remember her family and friends.
I would like to ask for everyone that reads this to offer up a prayer of thanks to God for holding him in her hands and allowing her to stay with us. I would also like for prayers to be offered up for the attacker to do the right thing and turn himself in. Prayer is very powerful. I have definitely seen that in the last couple of days. It is a blessing that she is not dead. It is a blessing that she can breathe on her own today. It is a blessing that she can talk and knows her family and those that love her.
She still cannot eat yet and just this evening was able to keep water down without throwing up. It will be a blessing that the person that hit her will turn himself in and acknowledge what he has done. It is the only right thing he can do to help Michelle.
I have an email created for Michelle (prayersforMichelle@hotmail.com) where she can read comments from those wishing her well when she is able to do so.
Also for the person driving the car to email his information if he so chooses to contact me that way instead of calling the police.
- Anna Gaudet