Angela Riley is still lapsing in and out of a coma 11 days after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
The 25-year-old Decatur, GA, woman was visiting Nashville the weekend of May 11 for a bachelorette party for one of her best friends, Amelia King.
"We all got dressed up in our '80s gear for an '80s theme," said King.
At 1:30 a.m., while crossing Broadway at Fourth Avenue, Riley was knocked unconscious by a speeding car, police say it was driven by 23-year-old Ryan Moy.
"Angela was the last one to cross the street, and just a couple of the girl's saw her get hit. I heard a big thump, turned around, and she was on the ground. I just started screaming, 'this can't be real,'" said King.
The impact was so hard it cracked the windshield of Moy's car. Police said Moy sped off, they caught up with him a few blocks away. The arresting officer said Moy's breath smelled of alcohol. Moy was charged with vehicular assault.
Susan and Joe Riley rushed to Nashville after they received a call from police that their daughter was in a coma at Vanderbilt Hospital.
"They called us around 4 in the morning. It was pretty critical at first," said Susan Riley.
Angela Riley has since been transferred to Shepard Spinal Center in Georgia. The Rileys said their daughter is making a remarkable recovery.
"I would say it's a miracle. I got a real sense that we weren't going to lose her," said Susan Riley.
Moy was released after posting a $16,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11.
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