DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Dothan woman hit by a car after chasing a dog into the street is not out of the woods yet.
According to her family, after having surgery on her leg on Thursday, Mary Carr Liddell continues to recover from an accident on Campbellton Highway.
Liddell was trying to get her neighbor’s dog, who she was caring for at the time, back in the house off of Campbellton Highway, when suddenly Liddell lost control of the dog and then ran into the street after it.
Then when Liddell went to reach for the dog, she was hit by a vehicle headed down the highway.
“I was getting ready for bed and another neighbor called and said, ‘Hey, you know Mary? I think Mary got hit by a car’ and I didn’t even think, I bolted out of the door,” Liddell’s neighbor Emily Mariel said.
Liddell suffered a brain bleed from the impact, a badly broken right leg, and a fractured wrist and shoulder blade.
Liddell is currently recovering at Southeast Health.
“She’s got a ways to go,” Liddell’s son, Will Liddell said. “Every day has been just the slightest little hint of progress. Today, she finally took her first sips of water.”
Liddell was born in Dothan in 1942 and moved back to Dothan to be with and take care of her mother, who turned 104 this year.
Liddell opened the South Oates Thrift Shop in 2019 but later had to close the doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That didn’t stop Mary Carr Liddell who was planning a huge summer yard sale.
According to family and neighbors, “that is just Mary.”
“I promise you she would volunteer to fly to the moon if they would let her,” Will Liddell said. “She just has that kind of wants to go out and see and do.”
“Am I surprised she threw herself in front of a car for a dog? No,” Mariel said. “I hate that she did it.”
“She doesn’t even like killing bees and wasps,” Will Liddell said. “Anything that lives and breathes, she wants to let live and breathe.”
Liddell’s family has put up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her recovery.
“It’s a different situation,” Will Liddell said. “We don’t know what is going to happen in the next few weeks.”