LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Jamie Farrar can’t believe she’s alive. After being hit by a semi-truck at the intersection at Sahara and 15th street, doctors told her she wouldn't survive. And it’s because she lives that she devotes herself to getting the word out, hoping to save lives.
Jamie Farrar and retired Metro Lt. Randy Sutton found themselves caught in a tragedy unfolding.
Jamie Farrar crossed the intersection hundreds of times before the day she got hit. Farrar suffers with cerebral palsy, and uses a wheelchair that is out of the line of site for some drivers. One who didn’t see her hit her at full speed.
“The next thing I know, I’m on this truck’s grill and screaming in agonizing, agonizing pain,” Farrar said. "Worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. I’m watching skin from my hand come off me.”
Lt. Sutton witnessed the accident
“Watching it unfold before me and being powerless to do anything was extremely troubling,” Sutton said.
Retired Lt. Sutton made sure Farrar got help, and was back on the road to recovery. But the horror on the street translating to horror trying to heal.
“She wanted to know if she was going to die,” Sutton said.
“Incredibly painful treatments,” Farrar said. “Skin grafting, broken bones, cracked bones, broken teeth, incredibly, incredibly painful.”
Farrar believes the pain has a purpose, and she’s using her story to warn others to drive alert, to drive alive.
“We are taught as children to look both ways when you cross the street, but as motorists, do you do that?” Farrar asked. “Do you sit there and look both ways and look around you? When other people are crossing the street? No, you're on your phone, you're driving, you have the radio up, you're doing so many other things than looking at the road ahead of you.”
Farrar says there’s a fix to our valley’s auto pedestrian problems. A fix that starts with awareness and ends with one valley crosswalk she believes provides a way to save lives.