Dothan Police Looking For Assault Suspect

What was initially reported as a hit-and-run on March 7th sent 25-year-old Samantha Haslip on a seven month journey to recovery. She says the incident was far from a simple collision.

News 4 had a chance to talk with Samantha and her mother on Monday.

Samantha will be in a wheelchair for most of 2008, but now that police know her side of the story, it'll be with hope that someone will be caught.

In what started out as a walk from a downtown club to her car down Main Street, eventually changed Samantha Haslip’s life. One of the last things she remembers is walking down Highway 84 and brief moments of an altercation, then things get blurry.

“I remember waking up; they were hitting me down there, and I told them to stop, it's hurting me, please stop, it's hurting me. Then they hit me again in the back of the head,” Samantha recalls.

Samantha was discovered by a passing motorist almost a mile from where she says it all began on the ground in front of St. Columba Catholic Church. She then went to Flowers Hospital before she was taken to Birmingham for surgery.

"They crushed my pelvis, my urethra muscles; I'll have to have a catheter in my belly button," Samantha continued.

Samantha’s mother Linda Kelly came from Wisconsin as soon as she could and is not leaving until her daughter can take care of herself. But the mental and monetary anguish is starting to take its toll.

"I've pretty much used all of that since I’ve been down here,” Linda said. “There are other expenses like diapers and pads."

At the time of the incident, Samantha was in and out of consciousness so she was unable to tell police the whole story. Now, investigators are looking into the incident and taking Samantha’s word. While they work to discover what happened, Samantha struggles with why.

"I would ask them ‘why me’? If they knew me, I’d be like, ‘why do you hate me’? If they didn't, I’d ask why they hate the world so much,” Samantha concluded.

Investigators told News 4, the only reason it took this long to reach this point, was because of the amount of time she was unable to speak.

The Dothan Police are asking anyone who might have seen Samantha walking along West Main Street between 2 and 4AM that morning, to call them at 615-3000.

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