NAPLES, Fla.- For the first time WINK News is hearing from the woman who nearly lost her life two weeks ago while she was riding her bike in North Naples.
Elayne Jackson was hit at the intersection of Vanderbilt Beach Road and US 41 by a Collier County work truck on February 29th. She was dragged across the busy intersection, coming to a rest under the back wheel of a trailer.
Two weeks later, Elayne is still recovering at Lee Memorial Hospital.
"I have a lacerated liver, I broke my left tibia, I broke nine ribs, I broke my right collarbone," Jackson said.
The road to recovery will be a long one for Jackson, who says she's just thankful to be alive after the truck hit her and pulled her across US 41.
"There must be something else that I need to do that I'm here for. I really technically shouldn't be here, I don't know how I came out of it," Jackson said.
On the outside Elayne is still very bruised and battered, but on the inside, she's determined to take a terrible accident and turn it into something positive.
"If I didn't have my helmet on, there's no way. I can't imagine the amount of head injuries I would have had. I have no head injury," Jackson said.
At this time, no charges have been filed against the driver of the Collier County work truck, something that upsets Michelle Avola.
"The information we have shows that Elayne was abiding by the law," says Avola, Executive Director of the Naples Pathway Coalition.
For Jackson, the moments after the crash are all a blur, but it's her passion for cycling and desire to get back on the road that is motivating her to keep fighting for safer roads.
The intersection where Jackson was hit has red light cameras. FHP is currently waiting for the video that captured exactly what happened leading up to the accident. They're hoping to have that by the end of next week.