Raleigh couple recovering after being hit head-on by alleged drunken driver

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A North Raleigh couple is nursing a number of injuries after being hit head-on by an alleged drunken driver over the Fourth of July weekend. (WTVD)

A North Raleigh couple is nursing a number of injuries after being hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver over the Fourth of July weekend.

The couple was hit heading home from a date night.

"We were just talking and laughing and all of a sudden my husband was like 'This man, honey, I think he's going to' and it just happened. We just saw these super bright lights. He crashed directly into us," said victim Trazjae Moss.

Trazjae and her husband, DeShawn, said there was no time to avoid the truck barreling down Buffaloe Road.

"I just reached out for my wife to try and keep her from getting knocked out by the airbag," said victim DeShawn Moss.

The couple's silver Acura SUV suffered extensive front end damage.

Other people traveling down Buffaloe Friday night started pulling over and offering help. Bystanders even end up restraining the other driver, Efren Perez-Roblero, who tried to flee on foot.

"This guy, he just broke his window to get out the car," said one bystander who called 911.

Another bystander told the 911 operator, "There's a gentleman that's running away from the second vehicle and they're trying to chase him to figure out what's going on."

Good Samaritans were able to catch up, tackle him to the ground, and held him there until troopers arrived on scene.

"It was just so comforting to know that people care enough about us to make sure that he was restrained and that he was in the right place so that this wouldn't happen to someone else," said Trazjae.

The Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Roblero was drinking and driving. He has been charged with felony hit and run, felony serious injury by vehicle, no operator's license, and DWI.

Roblero is out of jail right now. He posted a $75,000 bond and was released on house arrest. Nobody answered the door at his Raleigh home Tuesday.

The Mosses are struggling to get around. The wife is on crutches. The husband is trying as best he can to help her while dealing with his own injuries. In spite of their pain and surprise that the suspect is out of jail, they feel lucky.

"This is something that many people don't survive," said Trazjae. "These things will heal. We just thank God that we're alive. We have two beautiful kids that we have to live for."

Doctors aren't sure yet the full extent of Trazjae's injuries. She tells ABC11 there may be a fractured vertebrae.

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