By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — Like she had done countless times before, Nancy Benshoof parked her car in the usual lot last Friday morning and was walking to her job at the Mankato Clinic. But just feet from the front door she enters every weekday, Benshoof was blind-sided.

“I don’t think he stopped,” she said. “‘Cause he hit me and he hit my leg and I fell under the car and he drove up on top of me. And I thought I was going to die because all I could see were his two back tires. His front tire didn’t go completely over me, just on top of me. I screamed so loud they could hear me in that brown house.”

The driver took off, but the next car that came along stopped and helped.

“Every time I moved I could hear my bones crunching against each other,” Benshoof said.

Now, she’s a patient in the very hospital where she works. And a victim whose looking for answers.

Because this happened at 7 a.m., during a time when people are going to work and the parking lot is busy, police believe somebody knows something and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“I think it will be better for him if he comes forward and doesn’t have to live like that. I haven’t felt anger towards that person yet. I just feel pretty blessed to be alive,” she said.

Benshoof remains hospitalized at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital with broken bones in her arm, wrist and hip.

Police do not have many leads to go on, but do have a partial description of the vehicle.

Because it is an on-going investigation, they are only telling us that it’s a lighter-colored Pontiac Grand Am-type of vehicle, possibly a Sunfire or a G6.

Police say they don’t believe Benshoof was hit intentionally. They say it’s possible the driver also works at the clinic.

Comments (6)
  1. Pate says:

    Mistakes are made,but there’s absolutely no excuse for fleeing from a hit-and-run.Pay attention behind the wheel,and own up to your mistake instead of running away like a pathetic coward! Hang in there and heal,Nancy.I’ll keep you in mind and pray for your speedy recovery.

    1. Todd says:

      Which is why we need enacted legislation now that makes it an offense to be talking on a cell phone or operating your laptop while driving. It is a known fact that using a cell phone while driving is equally as dangerous as driving under the influence of chemicals.

  2. Dave Seavy says:

    I would bet any amount of money that the driver was on the cell phone and not paying attention. On any given day, 3/4 of the drivers you see are on the phone. There is no reason for that. As for the driver who left the scene, I hope he/she is caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He/she left this woman in the street to die. It’s sad that we have such members of society.

  3. Star says:

    I hope that they can catch the person that did this. My mothers madien name is Benshoof and that makes us familoy in away. I hope that you can go home soon and that you have a speedy recovery 🙂

  4. Brian says:

    I’ve known Nancy pretty much my whole life snd I have to say that she is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met, she so didn’t deserve to have this happen to her. I hope that they find this person and that he/she is able to personaly apologize to Nancy. I wish her a speedy recovery and I want her to know that she is definitely in my prayers.

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