Victim of hit-and-run speaks out from hospital bed

(WMC-TV) – One of the victims in a violent hit-and-run that happened in the Cooper-Young area Sunday is telling her story.

Shannon Parker remains in the intensive care unit at The MED after being hit by an SUV, who then fled the scene.

Parker spoke with Action News 5 from her hospital bed, where she is still in a lot of pain. She said it could be months before she is able to walk again.

"I'm going to be 41 in July and I'm going to be in a wheelchair," said Parker.

The impact from the SUV fractured her pelvis, injured her neck, and other organs.

"Injuries to her spine, liver, she's banged up, her face, it's just everywhere," said KB Walker, a friend of Shannon Parker.

Police are still looking for the driver or a dark 2005 Expedition, who left the scene after hitting Parker and her friend, Katherine, as they crossed Cooper Avenue in front of Celtic Crossing.

Friends and family members are anxious for an arrest. They launched a Facebook page to raise awareness and money to help cover Parker's medical bills.

"You know, Shannon, she doesn't have any insurance. She's going to be racking up large amounts of medical bills," said her brother, David.

Parker does not remember anything about that night. She is focusing on getting better and getting back to being the stunning redhead she once was.

"Yeah, I could be dead but I'm not and so I just have to go forth from where I am," she said.

Friends organized bake sales, blood drives, and a benefit concert for Parker on June 30 at Newbys. They are calling it "Rockin' for Red".

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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