They say a picture is worth a thousand words but in this case it’s a video. Last week a man in Avoca, Iowa mistook the gas pedal for the brake and struck a woman walking on the sidewalk.
Surveillance video of the crash might make you wonder how the woman survived. She spoke with WOWT about the crash and how grateful she is to be alive.
“Oh my gosh,” said Sarah Nelson. “That’s crazy.”
That’s how Nelson reacted when she first saw the surveillance video of the May 24th crash.
“The bank is what stopped him. Because he would have kept going,” said Nelson.
She was walking up this street in Avoca, Iowa headed to lunch.
“Definitely looks like I was just thrown like a rag doll,” said Nelson as she watched the video.
Deputies believe that the driver of the car, 85-year-old Dennis Allgood, accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, ramming up onto the sidewalk, hitting Nelson straight on. She says it all happened so fast, she barely had any time to react.
“I remember hearing the engine rev up and I looked over my left shoulder and just couldn't believe it was not stopping,” said Nelson.
Nelson was taken to the hospital, released later that night with a fractured back bone and bruises on her legs and arms.
“It looked like I had a grapefruit on the side of my ankle and a potato attached to my arm,” said Nelson.
She's grateful to be back home with her two boys.
“I can't believe that I guess I’m really here. It could have been a lot worse,” said Nelson.
After all she's six weeks away from wearing white, getting married July 14th.
“Unbruised and I can walk in heels down the aisle I guess,” said Nelson.
The sheriff says Nelson is very lucky. She happened to be walking in front of the entrance to the building. If she had hit the building directly, with no other place to go, the impact could have been deadly.