EAGLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Pushing against the pedals on her exercise machine signals a victory with every rotation for Robye Nothnagel.READ MORE: No Injuries After Home Under Renovation Partially Collapses
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.
“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.
“I felt compelled as a survivor to do something to try to bring awareness of how dangerous the epidemic has become,” Nothnagel said.READ MORE: Arvada Police Detain 1 Juvenile For Investigation Of Threats Against Ralston Valley High School
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group’s Facebook page at “Colorado Drive Safe.”MORE NEWS: Red Rocks Howl To Recognize Health Care Heroes Rescheduled To Next Week