Image: Tuscola County crash scene

A local woman involved in a crash was pulled to safety by the other driver before he fled the scene.

Her family is speaking about her recovery and concerns for the man who hit her.

“Right now, my mother is stable but she is in ICU,” said Kara Williams, daughter.

Williams’ mother, Patricia Hatfield, is still recovering from the accident on Sunday, May 5. She sustained a concussion, broken rib, and injuries to her lungs as a result of the collision.

Williams said Hatfield was on her way home from a family gathering when she was struck by another driver at the intersection of Bray and Barnes Road in Tuscola County.

“It was hard. I mean she means so much to us, to all of us and she was already not in the best health. So, we were just scared, and we just thank God that she’s doing better than what we thought she was,” Williams said.

The Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office said the other driver failed to yield at the intersection.

The sheriff's office had identified Christopher Fredenburg as a person of interest in the case.

According to investigators, the man ran off into a field. K-9 dogs tracked the man for a mile before losing his scent in the water.

Fredenburg was found dead, from suspected self-inflicted, wounds on May 11.

Williams said her mom is expected to survive this horrific crash. She just wants to see the other driver get the medical attention he needs.

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