Lori Fullbright, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Authorities are searching for a driver who let his road rage get the better of him. The suspect nearly killed a teenage girl after he yelled at her, clipped her car and sent her careening off I-244 into a tree.
Misti is lucky to be alive, lucky to be graduating from Edison high in June. But she's pretty bummed that she's facing the most memorable days of her life with a broken foot, on crutches.
At 1:00 p.m. on Monday April 18th, 2011, Misti was getting on I-244 going east when a man in a black Mercedes SUV pulled up alongside her, yelling, cussing in a rage.
"I had my window down and he had his passenger window down. He was like, you cut me off and I was like, you were in the next lane. He said you had a yield sign and I said, I did yield," Misti said.
A witness says that's when his Mercedes clipped Misti's car and sent her fishtailing out of control, across the grass and right into a tree. She hit it so hard, it broke in two.
"I immediately went to the accident scene and when I saw the car, I fell apart," said Misti's mom Tina.
The wrecker driver told her mom, most cars he tows in that condition, the driver was killed on impact. Misti had a concussion, a broken leg and was bleeding, but alive.
"I looked over and saw my tassel and thought, oh my gosh, I'm so excited to be graduating, like it was telling me, I'm alive to graduate," Misti said.
The witness told Misti's mom the driver never even slowed down.
"Once he saw the car going off down that embankment, he made the conscious choice to drive away, to speed up and drive away," Tina said.
Tina is furious, that he caused the crash and left her daughter to die. Misti is pretty bummed that prom and graduation won't be like she always dreamed.
"I'm not going to get to dance and I bought a $400 prom dress," she said
The pretty pink dress will be hemmed to accommodate her cast and crutches. She hopes that by graduation on June 4, 2011, she'll be in a boot to receive her diploma.
Her mother hopes someone will turn in the driver whose heart is so filled with rage and empty of compassion.
"I don't know how the man sleeps at night, honestly. I wouldn't be able to live with myself," she said.
Misti says the man was in his 40's or 50's with pretty gray hair. He was handsome, looked successful, was wearing a business shirt and was smoking a cigarette.
She believes he'll have red paint and some damage to the front, passenger side of his black SUV.
If you know who he is, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.