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Family says hit-and-run victim recovering after multiple surgeries

MADISON (WKOW) — 21-year-old Maddie Arnold has undergone multiple surgeries after police say she was hit by a car while riding her bike.

“She just remembers she was crossing the street, and then she wakes up in an ambulance,” her mother Jennifer Arnold said.

Police say she was crossing East Washington Avenue at Lien Road Sunday night when a driver ran a red light and hit her, throwing her nearly 100 feet into the road before speeding away.

“She had a fractured leg bone, and there was a vertebrae,” Jennifer said. “They were monitoring blood between the brain and the skull to make sure there wasn’t too much pressure.”

Since the accident, her mother has been by her side day and night.

“I haven’t left yet,” she said.

Jennifer says so far Maddie’s surgeries have gone well, with another scheduled for Wednesday.

“Thankfully, she’s going to be out of the ICU in hopefully a couple of hours,” she said.

Jennifer first heard about the accident from her son, who was out with Maddie at the time of the crash.

“He’s proceeding to tell me stuff, and I don’t even think I can remember what he said anymore,” she said.

When Jennifer got to the hospital, she finally saw her daughter, who was injured and confused.

“She’s got Asperger’s, so between that I was curious and hopeful that she was able to communicate what was going on with herself,” she said.

As Maddie started to recover, Jennifer says she had questions.

“Her first thought is, did they catch them? Did they get pictures?” Jennifer said.

While there are pictures, the driver got away.

“I’m angry with them that they just didn’t stop,” Jennifer said.

While police continue to search for the driver, Jennifer is focused on Maddie.

“Hopefully she’ll be home within the next couple of weeks,” she said. “It’ll be strange not having her at home.”

Jennifer said she and Maddie bike that intersection almost everyday to get back and forth to work. She says Maddie will be in the hospital for at least another week, but she’ll need physical therapy after that.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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