ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The woman who was shot during a chase on Interstate 70 in March has been released from the hospital.
Cierra Palmer, 21, was driving on I-70 when 22-year-old Reginald Adams was driving more than 100 miles an hour while shooting and fleeing from police. One of the bullets from Adams' gun split into fragments and lodged themselves around her chest.
“It could have been fatal fairly quickly because of the way she had been shot,” said Ray Antonacci of the Lincoln County Ambulance District. “When I got to her, she was gasping for air.”
Palmer said she felt a sharp pain in her shoulder while she was driving with her friend and a baby in the car. That's when the bullet struck her, smashing the driver's side window.
While first responders were trying to save Palmer, who was turning pale and her lips blue, police were trying to stop Adams. The police pursuit spread into three counties before he was finally arrest near Lambert Airport.
Palmer's memory of the incident is sketchy, but she remembered the window shattering and feeling that she needed to shield the baby.
In order to combat the high medical bills, a GoFundMe account has been started for Palmer.
As for Reginald Adams, he is facing charges of assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and armed criminal action.