Cyclist recovering after police chase, crash
A bicyclist hurt in last week's high speed chase and crash in downtown Indianapolis last week is thankful to be alive.
Janelle Nordlund tells Eyewitness News that the crash has changed her life forever. It has been just five days since the intersection at Maryland and Meridian Streets was turned into a crime scene by an out-of-control driver who was fleeing police. The victim injured worst in that crash is recovering at home and says an angel must have been watching over her when the crash happened.
Just standing up is painful for Janelle, who is on crutches after the crash. Walking isn't much better.
"My lower back hurts. My foot hurts the most," she said.
Her foot was pinned under a car at the intersection of Maryland and Meridian last Thursday morning.
"All of the sudden I saw a blue car flying at me and didn't have time to do anything," she said.
Janelle was riding a bike on the sidewalk. She was almost at the intersection when a stolen SUV, the driver fleeing police, rammed into a Ford Taurus. That car then slammed into Janelle.
"She shouldn't even be alive. You know, I thank God every day that she's here. My granddaughters still have a mother," said Cheryl Fletcher, Janelle's mother-in-law.
Torvon Davis, a 23-year-old Indianapolis man, was behind the wheel running from police, weaving in and out of traffic on I-70 and eventually causing the crash downtown. He went on a profanity-laced rant soon after he was arrested.
"What kind of person are you? Stealing a car and then wanting to hurt someone," wondered Janelle. "He could have killed me."
Amazingly, this 26-year-old mother of two has been through this before.
"This is my second time being hit by a car. I was hit four years ago in Tuscon, Arizona," she said.
She has a scar on her head from that accident.
"Bad luck. Cars are magnets to me!" she said.
Now as she takes steps to recovery, she's vowing to stay off the bike in the future.
"I constantly have a migraine," she said. "It's awful."
Torvon Davis pleaded not guilty during an initial hearing Monday. He's being held on $10,000 cash bond and is set to go on trial in July.