Police still searching for driver who hit woman who was planting - KMOV.com

Police still searching for driver who hit woman who was planting flowers

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ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police are still searching for the driver who hit an elderly woman in St. Charles, forcing doctors to amputate her leg.

74-year-old Betty Holtmeyer and her husband were planting flowers at rental property they own on Harvester Road in St. Peters when a car struck her as she was on her hands on knees. Neither Holtmeyer nor her husband saw the car because they were not facing the road.

“I hollered at him right away, I said, ‘call 911, they broke my ankle,” and he did come back out,” Betty said.” He took his handkerchief and tied it on my leg, and I said ‘don't touch it.' I didn't realize he was trying to stop the bleeding, he saved my life.”

Holtmeyer underwent two surgeries, had her leg amputated, and spent three weeks in the hospital. She will eventually be fitted with a prosthetic leg and it may be one year before it is functional.

“I do feel sorry for the person who did it, cause his conscious has got to be bothering him,” Holtmeyer said. “I'd like to know what happened. It sure would be a lot easier to forgive him if we knew what was happening.”

Authorities have not received a vehicle description and are still searching for the suspect.

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