UPDATE: Police make contact with driver involved in hit-and-run, providing a sense of clarity for victim

Lincoln Police have made contact with the driver reportedly involved in a hit-and-run that happened Saturday evening.
Jamieson Graham

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Police have made contact with the driver reportedly involved in a hit-and-run that happened Saturday evening. A 21-year-old woman was lighting fireworks with her family in Northwest Lincoln when she was struck by a car and sent into the air.

An accident report shows citations are pending for the driver who was reportedly distracted by something other than her phone. The report shows it is unknown if the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. It also shows the driver was on a revoked license.

With the driver being identified, Emilia Graham says she’s got a sense of relief.

“I’m happy, you know, they turned their self in. We kind of can move forward from all this now. So, it’s actually really nice that they kind of did that. So it gives every one of my family and me clarity and just have more of a clear mind now, instead of have to worry and stuff,” Graham said.

She was left with cuts on her face and a broken collar bone after the driver struck her.

Her mom took her to the hospital was shocked the driver didn’t stop at the time of the accident.

“I don’t know I’m just so angry that somebody could just go that and not even stop or even like feel the consciousness of the next day,” said Jamie Graham.

Emilia is now working through recovery and staying as active as she can while she heals. She says her only hope now for the driver, is a sense of understanding.

“I’ve gave it a lot of thought of what I would want from this person. I would say maybe just an apology would be okay with me, anything, an apology, or just kind of explain why they kind of didn’t stop as well,” Graham said.

In an interview with Channel 8 on Monday, Emilia said she had no hard feelings toward the driver but wanted them to come forward. She says she’s just glad it was her and not some of her younger family members who were there with them.

“I’m happy it was me instead of a kid and you know if you’re going through things, everyone’s going through things,” said Emilia. “Whenever you come forward I’m not mad. “So everything’s okay. I’m fine. I mean I’m alive so everything’s okay.”

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