CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A Clay County mother is fighting for her life after being hit by car while on her morning walk.
The Florida Highway Patrol had first reported the crash involved only minor injuries. Unfortunately, it didn't stay that way.
"Let me tell you, it wasn't minor injuries. Myra's been hanging on by a thread, but she's fighting."
Myra Formby was crossing Harbor Island Drive with her dog Lexie, like she did every morning for the past 20 years. But on Sept. 20, she wouldn't make it all the way across before getting hit by a teen driving to school.
"It was just before 7 o'clock in the morning, and all of a sudden I hear boom, boom, boom and there's a house being built across the street, so I assumed that it's the house across the street. Then a few minutes later, boom, boom, boom," exclaimed Wayne Formby.
He had just gotten the news that his wife of almost 40 years had been in an accident. He then raced with his dad to the hospital to find his wife barely holding on.
"She's got one part of her skull missing here with a release of pressure from her brain and fix her brain bleed. Her skull was broken back here and they repaired the fracture and a brain bleed there," explains Formby.
Their once vibrant, dancing mother is now in the fight for her life. Myra Formby's children haven't left her side since it happened, but to say this is an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement.
Fighting back tears, their daughter, Brooke Formby, said, "It's just really hard."
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And while the family says they hold no animosity to the teen, who they say just made a mistake, they hope this can serve as an example for drivers to slow down and pay attention.
"You've got to be careful. Every one of these where these cars are meeting the highway, there's a bicycle path or a pedestrian path that crosses you."
In the meantime, the Formby family will hold each other close, lean on their community for support and remain strong during their long journey ahead.
"We are in constant prayer. There's constant prayer around us. We are surrounded by a family. It's just incredible the blessings that have been poured on us that have just taken me to my core," Wayne Formby explained.
You can follow Myra Formby's road to recovery on her family's Facebook page.
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