Victim injured in hit and run describes ‘revengeful’ attack

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a hit and run all caught on camera. A man and a woman were walking down the street when a car hit the woman, flung her into the air and sped off.

Christina Benson was just walking to the store with her neighbor Wednesday morning. She never expected what happened next.

She thinks this was no accident.

“I mean, I put my hands up just in time. Had I hit that concrete without having them there, I don’t know that I would be. I don’t know that I would be here,” Benson said.

Benson saw her life flash before her eyes. While walking down Rutledge Drive with a neighbor, Benson says she heard a loud horn.

The next thing she knew, she was on top of a car and thrown to the ground.

“I did this while I was in the air, thank god. I came down on my shoulder and I just busted the side of my head. But because my hand was there, it didn’t have full impact, thank God,” Benson said.

Benson says she did not even have time to turn around and look, but thinks this was no accident especially when the driver left and then briefly returned.

“I thought, for sure, this person would be like, ‘Oh my god, I lost control. I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to hit you. This looks crazy. Can I help you?’ No,” she said. “She pulled up beside me and slammed on the brakes and said, ‘Where did he go?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know.”

Benson says she had no idea who the driver was.

“I’ve never seen her before. But I’ll never forget her face,” she said.

Wilmington Police believe the neighbor and hit and run driver know each other. Benson agrees, and thinks this hit and run was a vengeful one.

“We weren’t in the road. We were on the sidewalk. she had to drive over six or seven feet just to hit me. She was trying to hit us both,” Benson said.

She is just thankful to be alive.

“It’s not okay. It’s not something you’re allowed to do and if she gets away with it, who does that give permission to to go around hitting people with cars?” said Benson.

Benson says she has a mild concussion and road rash on her arms, shoulder, even her head.

Wilmington Police are still searching for the suspect and Benson’s neighbor. CrimeStoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for any information.

If you have any information, contact WPD at (910)-343-3609, or use Text-A-Tip to remain anonymous.

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