Arlington native on mend after being struck by car

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Arlington native Caroline Vandergriff, a TV news reporter in Charlotte, N.C., remained hospitalized Friday with several broken bones after being struck at an intersection that was darkened because of storm-related power outages.

Vandergriff, a graduate of Arlington Lamar High School and the daughter of Victor and Kristin Vandergriff, joined News 14 Carolina in December.

The 24-year-old reporter was in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, where she was being treated for a fractured skull, a broken pelvis, a broken arm and other injuries, her father said.

"Fortunately, the brain trauma turned out not to be as bad as they feared at first," Victor Vandergriff said. "She'll recover from all this. It's just a matter of time."

The station said Caroline Vandergriff was shooting video of downed power lines at an intersection about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when she was struck.

A witness told The Charlotte Observer that Vandergriff was standing on the sidewalk when two cars crashed in the intersection. One car slid across the sidewalk, briefly sending Vandergriff airborne, the witness said.

"She didn't have any opportunity to get out of the way," Victor Vandergriff said. "She remembers being hit. She saw the car coming at her. Then the next thing she remembers is rain hitting her in the face and she is lying on the side of the street."

In a statement on the News 14 Carolina website, the TV station reported that Vandergriff is "awake, alert, upbeat and surprised at the attention this accident has generated. ... All of us at News 14 Carolina and Time Warner Cable have her in our thoughts and prayers. We wish Caroline a speedy recovery and will be with her every step of the way."

Victor Vandergriff said his daughter faces a long recovery.

"She was already anxious to go back to work," Vandergriff said. "She is resilient. She is a fighter. She is feisty. I am confident she will bounce back."

The Vandergriffs thanked the community for the outpouring of prayers and concern.

"It's very gratifying. We've got a lot of great friends and family," Vandergriff said. "We experienced firsthand today that the power of prayer and community support works."

This report includes material from The Charlotte Observer.

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