Durant Teacher Hit By Car Recovering At Home - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Durant Teacher Hit By Car Recovering At Home


DURANT, OK -- A woman who was hit by a car two weeks ago has returned home from the hospital, and she still has months to go on her recovery.

The eighth grade teacher has a bandage on her head, and a sling on her arm, but she is improving by the day. Exercise is a big part of her life, but it was a walk earlier this month that sent her to the hospital.

After a day in class, Durant Middle School science teacher Mara Richards went on her regular evening walk when one moment changed her life.

"I had a skull fracture and the bones in my face were fractured. I have a collarbone that's fractured and lots of lacerations. It's mostly on one side," says Richards.

Richards, 60, was walking east with traffic on Locust Street and 12th Avenue with a friend on April 8 when she was hit by a car. She says she does not remember the impact that flipped her in the air.

"I remember leaving and I was about two or three blocks from the house and I remember going on that street," says Richards.

"There was people all around her and trying to make sure she was okay," says witness Joe Spencer.

Family members showed up to the hospital, but just minutes later she was put on a medical helicopter and flown to Plano.

"We were all still worried, we didn't get to see her, we were kind of just figuring everything out," says daughter Sarah Baskin.

"As soon as we arrived at the emergency room in Plano, there was already a room full of her teachers," says son-in-law Brady Baskin.

Richards says she often took five-mile walks or runs around the neighborhood. It was at a spot marked by orange paint where witnesses say the car hit her before striking a fence and a culvert, then stopping short of a house.

"You find out what your support system is. I have a lot of family, friends, my church, my school district has been awesome," says Richards.

"You always say oh, it'll never happen to me, but it did happen to our family, and I think everybody's just been in shock," says Brady Baskin.

Richards started talking a couple days after the crash, and was released from rehab in Sherman this week, but still faces months of recovery. "They told me because I was in such good health and strong, that's what helped me survive this accident," says Richards.

Family members say Richards started asking about her lesson plans shortly after waking up, since the OCCT test was the day after the accident. Police say the car driver Jak Ivie, 20, was arrested after he was allegedly speeding and did not stop at the stop sign.