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Teen hit-and-run victim: 'I'll never walk the same'

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

On Friday afternoon, 14-year-old Kathryn Staudinger was planning out her summer volleyball season.

By Saturday morning, she was thinking about rehab.

"I know for a fact I will never be able to walk the same or stand the same or play volleyball the same," Staudinger said.

Four cracked ribs, a broken arm and a broken leg will keep her in the hospital for at least another week.

The high school freshman was skateboarding across Lancaster Drive, with a walk sign, at about 8 p.m. Friday when a truck trying to make a yellow light hit her.

Witnesses told police the driver of the Ford F-150 was accelerating when he plowed into her. Then, he just kept driving.

"It wouldn't bother me so much that I got hit by a truck and broke bones if he would have said sorry," Staudinger said.

Staudinger says she doesn't remember getting hit, just headlights coming her way before waking up on the street, blood pouring from her leg.

"It just hurt so bad," Staudinger said. "I didn't want to look at it because I didn't want to get freaked out."

On Saturday, she recovered from surgery at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Doctors had to scrape asphalt  out of her wounds.

For now, the North Salem High School student is putting volleyball plans on hold and focusing on just getting back to school. Even still, all she can think of is her friends and teammates.

"It just bothers me so much because I'm a back up passer with my friend and we work as a team and I can't work as a team now because I'm injured," Staudinger said.

Witnesses describe the truck as a lifted, rust-colored Ford F-150, 1980s model,  with a loud exhaust pipes and a white sticker on the passenger side back windshield.

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