Fayette County

Corbin girl struck in hit-and-run released from Cardinal Hill

Meghan Roehrich, 12, sitting next to her father, Stephen, held up her hands as she told  reporters how she thought maybe she could stop the car that hit her July 26 in Corbin. The car didn't stop, and police have charged Michael Petery with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
Meghan Roehrich, 12, sitting next to her father, Stephen, held up her hands as she told reporters how she thought maybe she could stop the car that hit her July 26 in Corbin. The car didn't stop, and police have charged Michael Petery with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

As she was tumbling through the air after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Meghan Roehrich said she remembered something she had seen on a survival show on TV.

"When you're flying up through the air and you're spinning, to prevent yourself from losing consciousness, you need to focus on which way the ground is," Meghan said. "So, I tried to do that."

The Corbin girl, 12, appeared to be cheerful and found a positive in a bad situation as she spoke with reporters Thursday morning at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She was released Thursday, more than than two weeks after she was hit.

Meghan was crossing the Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin to visit her grandparents on July 26 when she was hit by a van that kept going.

Michael Petery is accused of hitting Meghan. He is charged with second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with no license or insurance.

Meghan was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center by ambulance, then airlifted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and later taken to Cardinal Hill, where she spent the past week, she said.

She injured her shoulder and suffered fractures in her right femur, knee and pelvis. Meghan was happy to report that she did not have any head injuries.

In fact, Meghan said she could consider herself lucky, but she thinks it was more than luck.

"I really think that everything happens for a reason, and it's all part of a bigger plan," she said. "This whole scenario is part of something I'm supposed to do in the future."

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