San Diego Police are looking for a driver they say hit a San Diego P.E. teacher and left her crumpled on the ground.
Carol Lord, a P.E. teacher at Alice Birney Elementary School, was riding her bike at Clairemont Drive and Galveston Street on Thursday, Sept. 17 when a blue sedan swerved into the bike lane to pass another car, striking Lord, according to her husband Steve.
The collision left Carol with a compound fracture and dislocated ankle. The driver fled the scene.
On Tuesday, police said the car responsible for the hit-and-run was a dark metallic blue 2005 to 2009 Buick LaCrosse. The car's passenger side mirror was left at the scene of the crash, police said, and the car will likely have a damaged front bumper, hood and fender.
Her husband, Steve, said the incident is something they have always feared as cyclists.
“We’ve been riding together for 20 years,” he said. “She rides three to four thousand miles a year on San Diego streets. Well, it happened this morning. I stopped and turned around and there was my wife on the ground, crumpled. I thought she was dead.”
A surgeon at Scripps La Jolla Hospital was able to essentially reattach her nearly severed foot to her ankle.
Now comes the recovery, which Steve expects won’t be pretty. Sitting isn’t exactly Carol’s thing.
“This is going to be hard on her,” he said. “She’s not a good patient in that regard, and nobody should have to go through this. Nobody.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Division Detective Heidi Hawley at (858) 495-7811.