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Bridesmaid talks about bachelorette party hit-and-run that nearly took her life

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Angela Riley is in rehab at the Shepherd Center. Angela Riley is in rehab at the Shepherd Center.
Bridesmaid Angela Riley with bride Amelia King York. Bridesmaid Angela Riley with bride Amelia King York.

A Decatur woman is recovering following a near-fatal hit-and-run accident the night of her roommate's bachelorette party. 25-year-old Angela Riley was out with the bride, Amelia King, and her bridesmaids in Nashville when the accident happened around 1:30 the morning of May 11.

The impact of Angela Riley's head with the windshield cracked the glass, but less than six weeks later, Riley is physically much the same as she was before the accident. She did not suffer any broken bones nor serious scratches.

The damage was to her brain, and despite the impact of her skull on the windshield, Angela Riley escaped with few lasting effects.

"It's pretty crazy to think about where I was and how far I've come. It kind of boggles my mind," she said. "I feel like I'm getting better every day and stronger every day."

Angela Riley is recovering with the help of rehabilitation through the Shepherd Center, where she was taken in the days immediately following the accident. The rehab takes her through exercises to help her regain balance and direction, something she partially lost after taking the blow to the back of her head.

"I don't remember the accident, and they say I never will," she said. "It's part of the retrograde amnesia that comes from having brain injuries."

"I think that's a blessing," said her mother, Susan Riley. "I wish I wouldn't remember (the accident)."

Susan Riley said she knew, after rushing to see her daughter in Nashville following the accident, that she would pull through. There were a few tense hours, however, when doctors considered removing part of Angela Riley's skull to reduce the swelling.

It never came to that.

"She's getting there day by day. She's doing remarkably well," Susan Riley said.

"I'm very glad I don't remember it. I'm sure I would have nightmares and be a lot more angry about it," said Angela Riley. "I don't feel very much anger about it, currently, I just want it to all be over."

Angela Riley's recovery was so rapid that she was able to attend, and be a bridesmaid in, the wedding of Wilson York and Amelia King at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on June 15. It had been just 35 days since the accident.

"I think it's pretty awesome, pretty amazing," she said. "I certainly wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for the amazing group of people who've been supporting me."

According to Nashville police, the driver of the car on the night of the accident was 23 year-old Ryan Moy. Investigators said he tried to drive off after hitting Angela Riley, but he was caught and arrested within a few moments.

Police ran a blood-alcohol test on Moy after officers suspected he was driving under the influence. He was charged with felony vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and failure to render aid.

Angela Riley's friends were able to raise more than $27,000 to help with her medical and living expenses. If you're interested in contributing to her recovery fund, the family has set up the Angela Faith Riley fund at the Private Bank of Decatur.

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