Woman critically injured by hit and run driver wants justice

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Susan Kowalski thought she had turned the corner - a year of being sober and had just recovered from hip surgery.

She was working and she was happy - but that all changed on Nov. 1, 2018.

"I was really starting to piece my life together and it was like a 1,2,3 punch back at the bottom again start all over," she said. "Make sure no traffic was coming, saw traffic had stopped continued to cross the last thing I remembered."

It was around 7:30 that night and Susan had just grabbed a bite to eat and was crossing Ford Road at Silvery Lane to buy a lottery ticket when an impatient driver whipped around a stopped car to make an illegal left turn and struck the 46-year-old - throwing her 150 feet.

The next thing she remembered, she was waking up in the hospital with multiple internal injuries, three brain bleeds, broken bones and bruises. The driver was long gone.

"How somebody could do this, how somebody could just drive away," she said. "I just can't wrap my mind about that. Someone could be so heartless not to even wonder if that person is alive or dead."

Through debris found at the scene, Dearborn Heights police determined it was a 2015 white Dodge Challenger that hit Susan. The car that witnesses say fled into a nearby subdivision, had front end damage and was missing its left side hood scoop.

It has been more than three months and police have exhausted all leads.

"It is hard to imagine someone could go on with their life not to think what happened to me - what I've gone through or whatever I will go through," she said.

Right now Susan, who can't work, is forced to live in a hotel with 24-hour care.

She is wheelchair-bound and with more scheduled surgeries, she is unsure if she will physically be able to work again.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Susan, but at this point she just wants the person responsible to be caught.

"I know somebody knows something - they have to," she said. "If you can find in your heart just to speak up, it is the right thing to do. It is not fair what has been done to me."

Anyone with information call Dearborn Heights Police at 313-791-9810.