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Gresham hit and run victim shows compassion for driver

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Hit and run victim Emma Laflin. (KPTV) Hit and run victim Emma Laflin. (KPTV)

The victim of a hit and run in Gresham is speaking out about the night she was left for dead with a broken neck.

“I just remember hearing like a noise and then I don’t remember anything,” Emma Laflin said from her hospital wheelchair.

For Emma Laflin and her two friends, it was just supposed to be a quick trip to Plaid Pantry for some pizza, and then a movie night.

“I remember waking up in the hospital and them saying I was underneath a fence,” she said.

It was just after 1:00 AM Friday, when police say Sky Marsh was driving his Lincoln Town Car home from a bar. Court documents say Marsh crossed three lanes of traffic, went up on the curb, hit a mailbox and then hit the three friends walking down the sidewalk.

“I’ve only been here a couple of days and I feel like I’ve been here, like with the amount of pain I’ve been in it feels like it’s been forever,” Emma said.

Marsh turned himself in to Gresham Police the next day.

“I understand accidents happen, but you don’t need to leave people on the side of the road,” Emma said.

Emma’s injuries are bad. She has several broken bones.

“I fractured my neck and that really hurts. I have a bunch of metal in my hip and I can’t feel from my knee down,” she said

Right now, Emma is unable to walk on her own.

“This really affected my life and my friend’s and the people I work with,” she said.

Emma has so many questions for the man that hit her.

“Does he have a conscience? Does he just not care? I don’t understand why he would do that. I mean, he could have just called 911 and left. Not just left and not done anything,” she said.

Doctors tell Emma that she will be staying at OHSU until at least late next week. Then, she will go into an assisted living facility for about a month while she recovers. After that, there will be several months of physical therapy.

“It’s just scary too, knowing you have to do all of that for something you didn’t do,” Emma said.

Emma says her family and coworkers have been incredibly supportive, helping her get through the dark times.

“It kind of warms your heart up a little. Like, wow I do mean that much to people,” she said.

Right now the focus is on getting better, on healing. From Emma there is a surprising feeling of compassion for the person that put her here.

“I don’t want to send anybody to jail and I don’t want to like be the person that does that, but at the same time like, I don’t want him to hurt anybody else,” she said.

Sky Marsh will be facing a laundry list of charges including assault and felony hit and run. Marsh has been convicted of two felonies in the past. He will be back in court next week.

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