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Salem woman injured in head-on crash released from hospital

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A Salem woman has been released from the hospital, but is still recovering from injuries she suffered in a head-on collision with an SUV driven by a 14-year-old who took his parents’ keys.

Samantha Bruce was driving home at about 12:30 am on Liberty Road South, when the SUV crossed into her lane and collided with her Saturn Vue.

Bruce was trapped in her car for about 45 minutes, waiting for help to arrive.

“I felt like my legs were cut off.  The dashboard it felt like it just cut my legs off,” said Bruce. “I was terrified because there was no cell phone service.  I was screaming.”

Bruce said a man who lives nearby heard her screams and called 9-1-1, then ran to help. 

Bruce’s friend, a passenger in the car, was also injured, but managed to escape the wreckage.

According to Salem Police, the 14-year-old driver fled the scene after the crash, along with two of his friends, leaving a fourth teen, who was injured, behind.

Bruce’s father, Richard Bruce, rushed home from Sunriver to be at his daughter’s bedside.  He believes the teen driver should be held accountable for his actions.

“It’s devastating to see your child busted up.  And it’s something that’s so stupid.  It should never have happened,” said Richard Bruce.

Samantha Bruce suffered broken bones in her hand, wrist, and arm, as well as a shattered femur.  Doctors told her she would be in recovery for at least 6-8 weeks.

No charges have yet been filed against the juvenile driver.

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