Wash. woman suffers medical and money problems after hit and run

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 7 at 8:01 AM

MONROE, Wash. - A Monroe woman's medical and money problems are mounting after a hit and run collision that happened last month.
 
Michelle Orr was on her way home late on a Saturday after a night of waiting tables. She was traveling northbound on I-405 near Northeast 160th.
 
"All of a sudden this car came speeding," said Orr. "We just crunched and then that set off my airbag."
 
Orr lost control of her SUV. It rolled three times, then landed upside down.
 
"I was praying that I was okay because I am a single mom. I have two kids at home," said Orr.
 
People stopped to help, but she said the driver that hit her took off.
 
Her injuries started with a broken rib, punctured lung, and black and blue arm. As the swelling went down, a new pain surfaced in her neck. But she didn't get it checked out because she could not afford it. Health insurance has not kicked in yet at her new restaurant job. She fought going to the doctor until the pain became unbearable this week.
 
"Come to find out, I have a broken neck," said Orr. "I have been running around a month, doing stuff, and I didn't know I had a broken neck."
 
Facing an estimated $40,000 in bills, her family turned to Facebook. Donations to the site, Help After the Hit and Run https://www.facebook.com/helpafterhit, are easing a small portion of the financial burden.
 
She is grateful and so are her sons.
 
"There's nothing that could have been worse than losing her, so I was most thankful that she was okay," said Chris Orr, Michelle's son.
 
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the hit and run collision that occurred Sunday, August 11, 2013 at about 12:03 a.m. Orr said the vehicle was a gold colored Prius. Other witnesses said they saw a dark colored, small passenger vehicle. Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle should contact Detective Greg Wilcoxson at (425) 401-7746 or Detective Russ Haake at (425) 401-7717.
 

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