High Point police investigating hit-and-run that injured woman

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Police are investigating after a hit-and-run injured a runner.

The hit-and-run happened Wednesday, Nov. 7, around 6:15 a.m.

Early morning runs are part of Michelle Townsend's routine, but last Wednesday while she was running down Barrow Road crossing Willard Dairy Road she was hit by a car.

"I jump up and I'm like, 'Oh my God that car hit me and they keep going.' I just see tail lights leaving," Townsend said.

Townsend suffered significant injuries, including a broken wrist that will require surgery.

"I said, 'All I have is a busted up wrist. They'll do surgery I'll be fine, life goes on, but that person has a busted up heart and soul.' I said, 'They got bigger issues than I have,'" she said.

An avid runner, Townsend is shaken that someone would hit her and just take off.

"It crossed our mind that we could get hit, but not that they would actually drive off and leave us there," Townsend said.

Townsend is warning other runners to never assume anything.

"Pretend you're invisible. When you're running, don't assume that car sees you and is going to get out of the way of you," she said.

Police are still searching for the driver and Townsend hopes that whoever is responsible will come forward.

"There's forgiveness in my heart. You just need to turn yourself in and do the right thing. You made a mistake and you have time to correct that mistake," Townsend said.

On Wednesday afternoon, High Point police released surveillance video on Facebook showing the hit-and-run (viewer discretion advised, video is graphic).

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