A John Gray High School teacher injured in a hit-and-run incident says she forgives the driver who left her lying unconscious by the side of the road.
Charmaine Gordon is in hospital with multiple fractures to her foot and pelvis, as well as deep cuts to her arm and head that required several stitches following the accident in Prospect last week. Doctors estimate it will take her at least 12 weeks to recover.
Ms. Gordon remembers nothing of the incident. One minute, she says, she was walking close to her home in Marina Drive around 7:30 p.m. last Sunday, wearing a reflective vest. The next thing she remembers, she was lying on the side of the road in severe pain and unable to move.
“I was not especially scared. I just wondered what I was doing on the floor. I tried to move, but I couldn’t propel myself,” she said.
“I went into my TV brain and I said to myself, don’t move your neck. I remembered from television shows, they always say that. So I tried to call for help. I didn’t scream – just called out low and even, like I was in the classroom.”
After a short while, she remembers a bicycle stopping and then she blacked out again. The next thing she remembers, paramedics were putting a brace on her neck and trying to cut through her clothes.
Ms. Gordon, an information and communications technology teacher, is facing several weeks of recovery and possibly months out of the classroom. Speaking from her hospital bed on Friday, she told the Cayman Compass she wouldn’t waste time being angry with the driver responsible for her injuries.
“I know these things will happen. I know people will get scared,” she said. “That’s probably what was running through their mind. We all have to live with our own demons, and I can say that I forgive this person. I wouldn’t want them to be here.
“It could have been a genuine accident and they just got scared and ran. Praise God, it could have been worse. I have to focus on trying to recover, not worrying about them.”
Police are appealing to anyone who was in the Marina Drive area on Sunday, Nov. 9, between 7:30 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. to contact Inspector Adrian Barnett at 526-2204 or 800-TIPS (8477).