Police: Woman run over by several cars

Kara Clark

July 14, 2010 9:15:31 PM PDT
North Carolina Highway Patrol investigators are asking for the public's help after a mysterious hit-and-run accident left a woman in critical condition at Duke Medical Center.It happened Friday night on East Club Boulevard at East Geer Street.

Kara Clark was visiting with a friend when authorities say somehow she ended up in the middle of the road.

The 22-year-old just hung up the phone with her father minutes before an eyewitness called 911.

    Caller: We heard a loud noise and the car skid off.
    911 Dispatcher: Are there any obvious injuries?
    Caller: Yes, it looks like her leg is broken ... she's bleeding from her face.
"It's terrible what happened to her, it is an unusual case," NCHP Trooper Michael Stuart said.

Clark was hit by as many as four vehicles, one of them possibly her own.

Relatives don't believe she was thrown from her vehicle, but rather saw someone trying to steal it and ran after it.

"That is a possibility, I haven't ruled anything out," Stuart said.

Officers located Clark's car Tuesday a few miles away from the intersection where she was hit. Investigators processed the car on Wednesday and say they hope evidence recovered from the car will tell them who was driving it.

Investigators say it's nothing short of a miracle that she survived.

Her family tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that she's recovering from severe burns, along with fractured and broken bones. They say their daughter is now in the fight of her life.

Just hours before her tragic accident, she'd gone on a job interview for a career in dentistry.

The Highway Patrol is currently investigating the incident as a hit-and-run.

"Any information would be a great help," Stuart said.

Clark's family is currently offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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