By Beth David, Editor
An Acushnet woman was hit by a car last week when she ran out into the street chasing her dog.
Jodie Estrella, 46, suffered serious injuries on Saturday, August 27, when she was struck by a vehicle as she chased after her dog, who ran loose onto Main Street, near Acushnet Creamery, around 8 p.m.
According to Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, Ms. Estrella suffered from life threatening injuries.
“As fate would have it, our two ambulances were coming back from the hospital, so within a very short period of time, we had five paramedics and two EMTs at the patient’s side,” said Chief Gallagher. “And the crew did an extraordinary job of tending to the victim. There was a considerable amount of experience among those five paramedics.”
“She was in good hands.”
Ms. Estrella was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, then taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital.
A Gofundme page has been set up by her family to help with medical costs. As of press time, $7750 of the $10,000 goal had been raised.
According to the Gofundme page, she is still fighting for her life with w brain bleed, multiple fractures to three limbs, a broken back and pelvis.
“We as a family are asking for a small donation for the high medical costs that lie ahead,” reads the posting, which also states that she is the sole provider to her 15-year-old daughter.
“As she continues to fight we continue to ask for your prayers as she tries to overcome the many surgeries, struggles, and hurdles to come,” reads the post. “With many thanks the Estrella family.”
To donate, visit https://www. gofundme.com/2mbz2jsz