Feb 21, 2011 8:02 PM by Matt Stafford

Pueblo hit and run victim facing a slow recovery

Natasha Santos, a Pueblo mother of three crushed between two cars, and left for dead on a slippery I-25 earlier this month just returned home from the hospital. Even so, she still has a long road of recovery ahead.

It happened in early February when ice covered Pueblo roads. Santos was driving home from work on I-25 when the car in front of her lost control and spun. When she got out to check on the other driver another car ran into them both pinning Santos between the two. "I was just screaming for help." she says. Santos' cries went unanswered as the driver that hit her left the scene.

Santos' family immediately rallied behind her. They made a plea on News First 5 for the driver to come forward. "You left my daughter on the side of the highway to die." said Billy Dobrinski, Natasha's father, "What kind of an individual does that?"

Santos just got out of the hospital last week with a long list of broken bones in her hips. "Having the relearn to walk and everything is basically what I'm going through right now." Santos explains.
She's doing it while handling 3 young kids, but she's just happy to still be with them. "To know that they might have not had their mom, it tears me up." Santos says.

As for the driver, Pueblo Police are still searching for solid leads. "It's difficult, and that's why we rely on the public so much." explains Cpl. Valerie Matykiewicz with Pueblo PD. Investigators are asking anyone who saw anything to call Crime Stoppers.

As for Santos she has bigger issues. Not just the medical ones, but now with bills. "I have no insurance." she explains. Still she's alive and thankful for that. With so much going wrong around her she's still keeping a positive outlook. "I could have been dead and my family probably would have never forgiven them, but I still have it in my heart to forgive them." says Santos. But forgiveness, like her recovery, will take a lot of hard work. "I'll be able to walk again." she says, "It's just going to take time."

Santos' family is setting up a fund to help her with her medical bills. If you would like to help you can email, or you can call 719-821-2670.

If you have any information from the accident on February 3rd Pueblo Police are asking you to call Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (7867)


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