A college student from Australia is due to be released from a hospital today and is expected to recover fully from a severe injury caused by a hit-and-run accident on Monday in Salinas, a police spokesman said. The 22-year-old woman was riding a bicycle north on Bardin Road near Sconeberg Parkway at about 8:50 a.m. Monday, Salinas police Cmdr. Dave Crabill said.
The driver of a beige-colored pickup truck, possibly a GMC or Nissan, hit her, nearly severing her left foot and causing a contusion on her left hip and scrapes on her elbow, police said. The driver then sped away and remains at large, Crabill said. The woman, an Australian national studying at Hartnell College in Salinas, was transported to a hospital where doctors performed surgery to save her foot, Crabill said.
Doctors placed rods and pins in the foot, have detected circulation in it and expect her to make a full recovery after undergoing physical therapy, Crabill said. The woman will be released from the hospital sometime today, he said.
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