Victim talks about Memorial Day hit-and-run, suspect still on the loose

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Valley mother has been released from the hospital after a truck slammed into her and drove off.

Jessica Durand, 25, was riding her bike near Rural and Broadway in Tempe on the evening of Memorial Day when a darker colored pickup truck tried to take a left out of a plaza and crashed into Durand on the sidewalk.

Durand, who was riding four miles from her home to Mill Avenue, was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. She suffered several hematomas, multiple fractures, and even broken teeth.

"I remember leaving the house and then days later I remember waking up here in pain and I didn't know why," said Durand.

She was in a medically induced coma for several days and then regained consciousness, to the relief of her parents, who didn't know what kind of effects the crash would have.

"I leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead and I say 'hi honey' and she says 'hi daddy' and it just melted my heart," said Earl Miller, describing his daughter's first words to him.

The suspect is believed to be a man driving a dark-colored pickup truck, 90's to early 2000's model, possibly with vertical exhaust pipes. Police said the driver may have been impaired.

"All you're doing is teaching people that if you do something wrong it doesn't matter. If you hurt somebody, you should admit to what's wrong, offer to help and at least try and make something right," said Durand, who hopes the driver is caught.

If you have any information you can call Tempe Police, or you can leave an anonymous tip at 480-WITNESS, which could lead to a reward.