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Woman Hit By Drunk Driver Speaks Out


A woman and her mother were stopped at the intersection of Lansing Avenue and Ganson Street Tuesday night when a drunk driver rear-ended them and kept driving.

It spun their car in a circle and pushed them on through Ganson Street until the cars unhooked at Steward Street.

"We were being pushed down the road, I thought we were going to die. I really thought we were going to die. That's all I kept saying," said Katina Nixon.

The crash wasn't caught on camera, but she was in one of two cars hit just before a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy caught the driver who led authorities on a destructive chase through town.

"You couldn't even see the truck part. The grill was right there. And that's all you can see. Like we never seen who was driving, or anything. It was just this big old truck, shoving us down the street," said Nixon.

Katina was in the passenger seat, as her mother desparately tried to stop the spinning car.

"For her to be standing on the brake like she was literally up all the way in the car, trying to step on the brake, and the car would not stop. And we were flying and you could see cars coming at you," said Katina. "It's like when you're in control of nothing. I don't know if anyone's felt that, but to not be in control of your own body, or where you're going to end up, it feels like forever."

39-year-old Derrick Lester is the accused driver and is currently charged with drunk driving, fleeing police and for an assault that happened earlier that night.

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