Woman hit by suspected bank robber attempting getaway
By Nate Stewart
ANSON COUNTY, N.C. —
On Saturday, Eyewitness News spoke with a woman who was hit head-on in Anson County by a suspected bank robber trying to make his getaway.
Fresh out of the hospital, she sat down with Eyewitness News to share her terrifying experience.
Veronica Wall said she is still in pain and disbelief. She said she had no idea police were looking for 56-year-old Thomas Presley until after he hit her head-on.
On Saturday night, she opened up and told Eyewitness News about what she saw from behind her steering wheel.
"It's OK. I'm blessed I am alive," said Wall.
With her right leg sliced open, her sides bruised and burned from her airbag, Wall said she's grateful she's alive.
"I was looking at the truck as it was coming at a high speed and I said, he isn't going to slow down," said Wall.
Wall had just left her home and was on her way to church when she saw dozens of police cars through her windshield and tried to merge over to get out of their way. That's when she saw a truck coming right for her.
"And in the next few seconds he hit me head-on, I had no idea he was the one they was after," she said.
Police said they chased Presley after he robbed the BB&T on Rockhingham Road Friday.
They said he flew over police stop sticks and about 3 miles later - he smashed right into Wall's car.
Wall said she was trapped inside the car for 15 minutes before rescuers pulled her out and police arrested Presley.
"I was seeing my death right before my eyes and I was looking at him and I couldn't go to my left and I couldn't go to my right I felt like I was just in the middle, trapped," she said.
While Wall believes her faith kept her alive, she has her own questions for the man police say led them on a high-speed chase and hit her head-on.
"Why did he have to come all the way through Wadesboro and hit an innocent person? Better yet could have killed me," she questioned.
On Saturday night, police and the FBI are continuing to investigate the robbery, trying to determine if another bomb threat at Walmart in Rockingham Friday morning could be connected to the robbery at the bank.