sioux falls, sd
The South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper who was hit by a vehicle last week is talking publicly for the first time about her close call.
Lyndsey Dubbelde is still recovering from her injuries, but in her first television interview since the crash, Dubbelde has a message for all drivers.
Last Friday night, Dubbelde was checking a report of boxes scattered on Interstate 29 near Dell Rapids. She was parked on the shoulder with her emergency lights on. Another motorist hit her car just as she was getting out.
"It was a loud noise and a jolt, hit my knee due to the crash, whipped my head forward and back. Now I have neck problems from that," Dubbelde said.
The report says the driver was going 75 miles per hour. Dubbelde was taken to the hospital and kept over night. She's still sore and hasn't been back to work. Dubbelde has been a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper since 2007; this isn't the first time she's been hit.
"The first time was over two years now; I was hit by a drunk driver and that's why I can't express enough to slow down and move over. And also, we don't know who's on the roadways. There could be impaired drivers; there could be sober drivers and dry roads and they still hit us," Dubbelde said. Don Jorgensen:
We can see what it does to you physically, but what does it do to you emotionally? Dubbelde:
Definitely after the first time, it takes awhile. When you get those cars zooming by you and you feel your car rock, it takes your breath away. You're always more conscious of it and paranoid you're going to get hit again. And I got hit again. You can do everything right and you still get hit.
Dubbelde should be back to work in a few weeks. As for the woman who hit her, she's been charged with reckless driving and the investigation continues.