Martinez: Woman hit by suspected DUI driver survives being thrown more than 20 yards

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MARTINEZ — A woman struck by a car Sunday afternoon survived despite being thrown about 20 yards from the force of the collision, police said.

The 48-year-old Martinez resident remained in stable condition in the intensive-care unit at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek on Monday as police pursued felony DUI and hit-and-run charges against the driver that hit her, Martinez police Corp. Mike Estanol said.

Michelle Cleveger, 45, of Martinez allegedly struck three cars and the pedestrian while driving north in the 2100 block of Alhambra Avenue around 2:21 p.m. Estanol said the victim was near her home, out of traffic and taking items out of her car when she was hit. The force of the impact sent her hurtling 64 feet, Estanol said.

“She was on the shoulder, leaning into her car door, when she was pinned and thrown,” Estanol said. “She”s doing better, but she may have some lasting injuries.”

Several witnesses followed Cleveger”s Subaru Wagon when it kept going after the wreck, Estanol said. Police found her a few blocks away and arrested her without incident.

Cleveger also is expected to be charged with violating her probation, Estanol said. Police believe she was traveling between 25-30 mph, when the collision happened.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh

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