By Matt Kroschel

EAGLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Pushing against the pedals on her exercise machine signals a victory with every rotation for Robye Nothnagel.

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This journey began in February 2017 when she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in Frisco, Texas. She was visiting the area for a daughters sporting event.

(credit: Robye Nothnagel)

“The percentage of people they get hit by a car as a pedestrian and survive is low. I was lucky in a sense the type of car she had didn’t kill me,” Nothnagel says.

She was in the ICU for nearly a week and hospitals and rehab centers for weeks after that.

“The journey has been long… A lot of physical therapy,” she added. “I started in a wheelchair, then a walker, but now I’m walking.”

The teen driver who hit her admitted she was texting on her cellphone.

(credit: Robye Nothnagel)

“I felt compelled as a survivor to do something to try to bring awareness of how dangerous the epidemic has become,” Nothnagel said.

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According to AAA in Colorado, about half of drivers they surveyed last year admitted to holding a cell phone while driving.

“People don’t think it’s a problem I didn’t think it was a problem everyone thinks they can multitask the science behind it says we can’t,” Nothnagel said.

Robye Nothnagel speaks with CBS4’s Matt Kroschel.(credit: CBS)

Now a survivor taking her message to her neighbors in true Together 4 Colorado style.

She created “Colorado Drive Safe,” a coalition with the mission to create awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

“My goal is to keep working until people change their behavior,” she said.

A horrible year Robyn hopes no one else ever has to go through.

To contact Nothnagel, email or visit the group’s Facebook page at “Colorado Drive Safe.”

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.