FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (WOIO) - A local grandmother fighting for life remains hospitalized after a suspected drunk driver hit her.
Police say Dottie Nacarato was hit and thrown at least 20 feet while walking her dog in Fairview Park at Westwood and West 299th. The 74-year-old was flown by air ambulance to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries.
"She's awake and everything. Her left side is all bruised. I guess she has a shoulder fracture, multiple fractures in her pelvis, and her leg was broken," said Nacarato's grandson, Sam Garner.
Garner didn't know the full extent of his grandmother's injuries, which also included an open compound femur fracture to her thigh. She suffered at least three pelvic fractures and a head contusion. She underwent surgery to stop some bleeding.
Despite her injures, family members say Nacarato's only concern was her beloved black lab, Shadow, who was not injured. All indications show the pair was in the crosswalk when the accident happened.
Lt. Paul Sheppard, with Fairview Park Police, says the driver, Robert Asadd, has been charged with OVI, but he was actually the person who called 911 when it happened.
"The gentleman has no prior OVI history, and he did stay around at the scene, and waited for officers, and was cooperative at the scene of the accident," said Sheppard.
Nacarato's neighbors love her. She's thought of as the neighborhood grandmother.
"Great woman. My nieces next door love her to death. When they heard that she's been hit by a car, they were just devastated," said neighbor Dave, who was shocked to hear Nacarato was hit within 50 yards of her home.
"She is a wonderful woman, very friendly. She always walks her dog, Shadow. My son, Drew, has went over to her house and helped her shovel because she is elderly," said neighbor Jennifer Kostos, who lives across the street from Nacarato.
Nacarato is still recovering in the hospital. Since she has a long road of recovery ahead of her, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with hospital expenses.