Updated Friday, April 9, 2010
An Elon sophomore is being treated for serious injuries after her car flipped 11 times in an accident on I-85 in Durham on Monday.
Laura Levitt, who is a member of Phoenix14News’ staff, was driving south in the far left lane of I-85 when a car going 120 mph struck her from behind, according to her boyfriend Brian Nawrocki. Levitt’s car then flipped 11 times. Nawrocki told Phoenix14 that Levitt was conscious and remembers the accident happening.
Levitt was airlifted from the scene and was in surgery on Monday. Levitt was taking off the respirator Thursday and is now breathing on her own, according to Nawrocki.
DeMarquis Griggs, 22
DeMarquis Griggs, 22, was charged by the Durham Sheriff’s Department with felony hit and run as well as fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.
Police also charged Griggs with misdemeanor probation violation, failure to appear on a misdemeanor, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver scedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Griggs is currently in custody at the Durham county jail on $300,000 secure bond, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s office.
On Tuesday, Levitt’s brother, Chris, posted on the page that, “she’s still pretty out of it as they’ve been setting the broken bones (left shoulder blade, upper arm, wrist, a finger, and ankle).”
But Nawrocki says Levitt is in high spirits. “She told me she got to ride in a helicopter, and I was like, ‘I want to ride in a helicopter,’” he said.
Nawrocki says Levitt is expected to survive, but will be in the hospital for six weeks.
A support page has been created on Facebook for Levitt.