Madisonville grandma hit by car while inside gas station

Madisonville grandma hit by car while inside gas station

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The driver says his gas peddle became stuck and he couldn't stop before crashing into the store. The driver says his gas peddle became stuck and he couldn't stop before crashing into the store.
Darlene Arwood says she's happy to be alive. Darlene Arwood says she's happy to be alive.
Her family is glad to have her home and is helping her recover. Her family is glad to have her home and is helping her recover.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - A Monroe County grandmother says she's lucky to be alive after getting hit by a car while she was inside a gas station.

The incident happened just before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Checkered Flag Market in Madisonville.

Madisonville police say 82-year-old Willard Lambert, of Madisonville, drove his Dodge Caliber into the gas station, saying his gas pedal got hung up and he couldn't stop his car from crashing into the store.

6 News obtained the surveillance video from the scene. In it, you can see the car crash right through the front doors, eventually hitting 64-year-old Darlene Arwood.

"If I would have made another step, it would have killed me," Arwood said.

Left with nearly a dozen stitches and in pain all over her body, she says she's lucky to be alive.

"I was scared because I didn't know how bad it was. I couldn't move my legs," Arwood said.

She was standing in line to pay for her gas, and happened to be the closest person to the door.

"Somehow when I had come to, I was under the car and it had stopped and glass was all in me. I was bleeding from my mouth and nose, blood was going everywhere," Arwood said.

She was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and released Tuesday afternoon.

"Thank God I'm here," Arwood said.

Her whole family is now taking care of her, including her granddaughter Kasie Range.
 
"I'm just happy to have my nana here with us," Range said. 

"I'm not giving up, I'm not giving up," Arwood said.

After extensive physical therapy, Arwood is expected to make a full recovery.

She says she's thankful no one else was hurt.

No charges have been filed. It remains under investigation, pending the outcome of a drug and alcohol test. Police say the driver appeared normal and there was no presence of drugs or alcohol. 

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