Hit-and-run sends woman walking dog to local hospital

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 1:50 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 7:02 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver after a woman who was walking her dog in a Waco neighborhood was struck by a car whose driver didn’t stop.

Alyson Oltmann, 32, suffered a severe concussion, short-term memory loss, scrapes and bruises, family members said.

“Miraculously, there’s no broken bones, no organ damage at least nothing they can find,” said Ralph Oltmann, Alyson’s father. “We’re obviously hoping that they catch the perpetrator, someone who does this doesn’t need to be out on the streets, she’ll also need help with medical bills.”

She was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center where she was released Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses said a black 2020 Camaro convertible with a male driver and Mississippi license plates hit the woman at around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of Breezy Drive.

“It’s been hard to get it out of my mind because I saw it slow motion,” said Tommy Lofton, Alyson’s neighbor. “I saw the Camaro going kind of fast, she flew over the car, the Camaro stopped, checked on the lady, got back in his vehicle, parked in a parking lot a block from here, and never to be seen from again.”

Lofton and his girlfriend, who happens to be a nursing student, were about to walk their own dog when they saw Alyson get struck from behind.

“I immediately gave her a ‘head to toe,‘ she was very confused, very shaken up,” said Connie Hernandez. ”I can’t even believe that someone would hit somebody and run away, that person must have had some pretty bad stuff going on.”

They thought the suspect would return to help after parking the car, but he ran off on-foot they said, ditching the Camaro.

According to the police incident report, the vehicle’s address comes back to Enterprise Rent-A-Car administration offices in Mississippi.

“I just hope we’re able to seek justice for this lady, she’s in a lot of pain, and it’s just not right,” said Lofton.

The dog, Petra, who recently completed 16 weeks of chemo for a cancer diagnosis, wasn’t injured.

Petra, along with family and friends, were helping Alyson recover at home Wednesday night.

“She doesn’t remember any of it,” a family member told KWTX.

Witnesses described the driver as a light-skinned African American in his late 20s who’s about 6 feet tall who was wearing a black tank top and khaki or gray shorts.

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