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Sandy man hopes driver who hit pregnant wife comes forward

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

Nick and Chelsea Sheedy are expecting their first child in a few months. On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, she was hit by an SUV while walking in a parking lot near 700 East and 7800 South. She suffered a concussion, and the baby is OK. Police are still looking for the driver of that SUV.

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SANDY — A woman expecting her first child in a few months got quite a scare when she was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Chelsea Sheedy, who is four months pregnant, is recovering at her Sandy home after being hit by an SUV.

“She was terribly scared ... and she was very anxious then to make sure the baby was all right,” said husband Nick Sheedy.

Just before 9 a.m. Sunday, the 30-year-old parked her car in a strip mall near 700 East and 7800 South. She was walking to the Subway restaurant when a Ford Explorer parked next to her began to back up.

Nick Sheedy said his wife told him she slammed her hand on the back of the SUV before it knocked her down.

“It struck her on the left side and when she fell, she hit her whole right side of her body,” he said.

She called her husband, who then called police while rushing to the scene. She was taken to a hospital and treated for scrapes, bruises, a back injury and a concussion.

“We didn’t sleep well (that) night,” he said. “She had a lot of pain, and she has a terrible headache still.”

Chelsea Sheedy is expected to make a full recovery, and the baby is OK.

“The vehicle stopped and did not run over her, so we’re thankful for that,” Nick Sheedy said.

But the driver didn’t get out of the SUV to see if the person she or he had hit was OK, police said Monday.

According to Chelsea Sheedy, the driver just sped out of the parking lot before she could see any face, so she doesn’t know if the driver was a man or a woman.

Police want to talk to the driver and get his or her side of the story. Chelsea gave officers a description and partial plate, but that doesn’t mean the case will be easy to solve.

Since January, Sandy police alone have had 178 hit-and-run cases involving injury or property damage, mostly to unattended vehicles. Officers have given out 66 citations, but the rest remain unsolved.

"It's a process, and sometimes we don't ever solve them because of lack of information," Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said.

If officers can't find the driver, Nick Sheedy hopes that person will do the right thing and come forward.

"If it's an honest mistake, that's one thing, but when somebody leaves somebody in pain, lying on the pavement, that's quite another," he said.

Chelsea Sheedy described the vehicle to police as a white, 1990s-model Ford Explorer with a red stripe. It has Idaho license plates that include the letter and numbers A, 3 and 7.

Email: syi@deseretnews.com

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