Markelia Roberson had walked across the Biloxi Bay Bridge on its pedestrian lane Sunday night and was returning to the Ocean Springs side when she was struck by a car.
“I blacked out and it seems like I saw my life flash before my eyes,” the 20-year-old college student from Moss Point said.
Roberson had graduated from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville on Friday and had come home for the summer.
Ocean Springs police say Roberson was struck by a car driven by a 30-year-old Pensacola, Florida, woman who was impaired and fled the scene.
Yo’Shikia Tawanna Allen had driven onto the pedestrian walkway in Biloxi at a small opening beside the Golden Nugget, Ocean Springs police Investigator Terry Hines said.
The pedestrian walkway is wide enough for a vehicle to fit but is not open to private vehicles. It’s used by Mississippi Department of Transportation crews when needed.
The hit-and-run occurred about 8:23 p.m. Sunday after witnesses called police to report they saw a woman driving eastbound on the walking path on the Biloxi side of the bridge, Hines said.
‘Just ran me slap over’
“I was just talking a walk on the bridge and was going back to the Ocean Springs side, where I had parked my car,” Roberson said. “I was at the peak of the bridge when the car just ran me slap over.
“She hit me and I was laid out on the ground,” Roberson said. “When I came to, I was bloody, coughing up blood and spitting up blood.
“It’s a miracle that I’m still here.”
Motorists were calling police before Allen’s vehicle struck Roberson, Hines said.
“One witness said the driver got on the bridge pedestrian walkway at the Golden Nugget,” he said. “People started calling it in and (Allen) continued after she struck the young female, coming all the way down to our side of the bridge and into our city.”
Ocean Springs police stopped the car at General Pershing and Porter avenues, Hines said.
Police arrested Allen on charges of felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident causing injuries, also a felony.
Allen was being held in the Ocean Springs jail pending a bond hearing. Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call them at 228-875-2211.
Roberson was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital, where she was treated and released.
“I’m in a lot of pain right now,” Roberson said Monday afternoon. “My face is messed up and I’m hurting in my back, knee, neck and mouth.”
‘God is real’
Roberson is scheduled to see a specialist this week. She doesn’t yet know if she will have ongoing medical issues.
“The hospital told me I should recuperate in one or two weeks,” she said, “but I’ll see what a specialist says.”
Roberson was a staff member of the Radionian student newspaper at Jones County Junior College.
She received her associate in arts degree and came home to spend the summer at her grandmother’s home.
The Moss Point High graduate attends Christian Love Baptist Church. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi, where she will major in broadcast journalism.
Roberson said she has a reason for being willing to talk about what happened.
“I want to be able to show people that God is real,” she said.