‘It’s a miracle from God’: Lorain teen recovering from unsolved hit-skip

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LORAIN, Ohio -- A Lorain teenager says it is nothing short of a miracle that she can talk about what happened to her after being struck by a car.

While she recovers from her injuries, police continue to look for the hit and run driver they say is responsible for the accident.

Elianna Rodriguez, 17, has some bad scrapes and bruises, but surprisingly no broken bones after being hit by a car.

"It’s a miracle from God," she said.

Elianna was walking with some friends on East 34th Street in Lorain Friday night when she noticed a car driving erratically towards her.

"I tried to jump forward, so I could move away so he wouldn't hit me, and he caught me on this side of my body. And, I remember I flipped over the car and I hit the concrete, my head on the concrete and I scraped this side body, my arm and my leg, my knee," she said.

Mercedes Vera passed that same car as she was going home and said the driver almost hit her, too.

"I was coming from work and there was a car, going by so fast, with the headlights off and it almost hit me and when I come in closer I see the girl laying on the floor. And, I stopped and called 911."

The driver never stopped after hitting Elianna.

"He just kept going after he hit me and didn't stop, not once, not even pause. He just kept going. He actually started to speed off,” she said.

Police say based on evidence obtained at the scene, it appears alcohol was involved in the accident.

"By the way he sped and left the scene, you know, I think something was wrong in there," Vera said.

Lorain police are asking for the public's help in finding the hit and run driver.

Witnesses describe the car as a red Honda Civic with a white hood. And, it would have damage to the front of the vehicle.

"He should never have drove off like that because he should never have left me in the street, because I could have died that day. "I thank God that I am alive to this day," Elianna said.

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