PHOENIX -- For the first time, a Valley mother who was hit and nearly killed by a light rail train in March spoke about her recollection of the accident and road to recovery.
3TV’s Mike Watkiss spoke with Angi Trombetta and her husband, Tony, about that fateful night.
She was bringing dinner home for her family and talking to her daughter on her cellphone at the time. She said she might have been distracted but cannot remember.
"I was walking up 38th Street towards Washington to catch the train," she said. "Next thing I remember, I hear my clothes ripping. And I said, 'What are you doing to me? Why are you ripping my clothes?' And I hear a voice say, 'Honey, you got hit by the light rail.' "
"I go, 'The light rail?' And the next thing I remember, I was in the hospital," she continued.
Angi Trombetta spent 26 days in Maricopa Medical Center and was in a coma much of that time.
Her husband juggled his job and the couple’s two daughters, but still spent every available moment at her bedside.
"I’m very lucky because I could have died," she said. "I very well could have died and I’m here. I'm lucky that I'm here and that my kids still have me."
Tony Trombetta said his wife had four plates put in the right side of her face, just below the eye, to repair multiple fractures. There were internal injuries as well, including a fractured sternum, broken ribs, a lacerated spleen, a punctured lung and a bruised heart.
"If it would’ve been me that got hit by that, I probably wouldn’t be here talking to you today," he said. "She’s a strong woman."
Both Tony and Angi Trombetta said the road to recovery will be long and difficult, made even more challenging by a mountain of medical bills and possible eviction from their apartment. But knowing they'll be traveling the road together makes it a little easier.
"Life can change at any second," Tony Trombetta said as he held his wife's hand. "I love her to death. I'm glad she's here."
Angi Trombetta shared a similar sentiment.
"I won’t give him up," she said. "I’ve always loved him."
A donation account has been set up for the family at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. The account number is 6000223967 and is under the name Sami Trombetta.