I-85 chase victim talks about ordeal

April 29, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
College student Laura Levitt was returning to school after spending Easter weekend at home in Maryland when a man -- who was being chased by police on I-85 -- crashed into her.The 20-year-old Elon University sophomore says it's by God's grace she's even breathing.

"Every part of the truck was destroyed except for the driver's compartment," Levitt said. "I know that was God putting his hand around me."

On April 5, Levitt was airlifted to Duke Hospital after her Toyota was hit and flipped 11 times.

"I remember being rear-ended," she said. "I remember the initial impact, but I don't ever remember thinking what was happening."

What she didn't know was that 22-year-old DeMarcus Griggs -- the driver police say hit her going 120 mph -- was running from officers because he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

"If I just spend days in bed thinking about how angry I am about a guy, it's not going to help me," Levitt said. "Being optimistic, thinking about all the wonderful things people have done for me and thinking of how much I'm getting better that's what ultimately is going to help me recover fast."

Levitt's injuries are extensive. She has a bruised lung, dislocated and broken shoulder, a broken wrist, broken finger, a broken leg, as well as cuts and bruises.

Levitt has already had multiple surgeries, even though her prognosis wasn't good at first.

"Initially they told six weeks, they told my parents six weeks and I was out in 12 days," she said. "We had people all across the country, thousands of people praying for me, it's like we'd get a call from someone, oh my, the pastor at my church made an announcement and everybody prayed for you today and that's been a huge part of my recovery."

Meanwhile, Griggs is facing a number of charges, including felony hit-and-run. He is currently in the Durham County Jail under a $300,000 bond.

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