Victim Hit By Repeat DUI Offender Speaks To FOX 29 - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Victim Hit By Repeat DUI Offender Speaks To FOX 29

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Kyla Possinger rides a motorcycle. But these days, with help from her father, she gets around on four wheels on her way to the physical therapy at Taylor Hospital that will consume the next three plus months of her life.

"I remember hitting the car. I remember flying over the car and I remember landing flat on my back," the 31-year-old says.

Possinger's Suzuki 650 rammed head-on into the Nissan sports car driven by James John Duggan when witnesses say Duggan pulled out of a MacDade boulevard restaurant without yielding.

Possinger was wearing a helmet with a full-face shield.

"It did exactly what it was supposed to do: It saved my life, saved my head, saved my face," she says.

But the crash left her with a damaged rotator cuff, a fractured arm and shattered wrists, ankle and pelvis.

"I was immediately, violently angry because I knew it was bad," Possinger recalls.

Police say Duggan admitted he'd been drinking all night, stated he was drunk and failed a series of field sobriety tests.

Then, Possinger learned about Duggan's driving history of six prior DUI convictions, a license suspended until 2039 and a March DUI case still pending when these charges were filed.

"I don't get it. I really, really do not get it, and there's no way that he should have been able to have that much of an opportunity. ... I'm not angry about it. I'm flabbergasted," Possinger says.

On the night of the accident, police quoted Duggan as saying he was sorry and that he didn't mean to hurt anyone. But witnesses say he did nothing to help Possinger as she lay injured on the street.

"That's a character flaw. But that's his flaw, not something I need to worry about," Possinger says.

The accident will force Possinger to spend her 32nd birthday, this Thursday, in the hospital. She also will miss her sister's wedding in Antigua this Saturday. She was to have been the maid of honor.

Duggan's bail has been revoked. He'll remain behind bars, at least through a scheduled Aug. 12 preliminary hearing.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:09:12 GMT

    NICE EASTER WEEKEND

    The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.

    Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon.  High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.

    It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s.  Quiet conditions continue into Monday.

  • Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:38:03 GMT
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices