Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Woman run over by truck in bed recovers

Updated: Sunday, 31 Oct 2010, 11:55 PM CDT
Published : Sunday, 31 Oct 2010, 4:24 PM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Felicita Fisher, 81, who was run over in her own bed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her house off FM 812 earlier this month , is now recovering at a South Austin rehabilitation facility.

"I'm feeling a whole lot better, better than I was," said Fisher while holding her 2-year-old chihuahua Sunshine in her lap.?

Fisher said she was sleeping with Sunshine when she heard what she thought was a plane crash.? It was actually a pick up truck crashing into her house.

Sunshine was also thrown from the bed and found on the front porch.

"The bed was shattered, completely shattered," Fisher explained.

Police arrested Gabino Lopez, 54, for intoxicated assault with a vehicle, causing serious bodily injury.

Fisher suffered a broken leg and hip and was taken to UMC Brackenridge where she immediately underwent surgery.

"I wasn't scared," Fisher said.

An usual sleeping habit likely saved Fisher's life.? At the time, she wasn't sleeping with her feet at the foot of the bed, but with her head at the foot.?

She believes something else saved her life.

"It was a premonition I had had that something bad was going to happen.? I didn't think it would happen that quick," Fisher said.

Fisher said she dreamed of her father who told her to make room in the bed for him.? She told KXAN that is when she repositioned herself.

Fisher's son David told KXAN his mother will spend the next 60 days at the rehab center.? He brings Sunshine to visit her once a day.

"I'm conquering each step, so, I feel that I am doing really good," Fisher said.? "I am progressing really rapidly so that is for my benefit."

David said his mother's home cannot be repaired and will be demolished.? When she is well, she will likely move in with him.

Fisher said she wishes she could be well enough to cook Thanksgiving dinner and be "useful" to her family.

Lopez is now out on $20,000 bond and is expected to make be in court for a hearing tomorrow.

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