It took almost a year before Terry Woods could get on a bicycle again.
Woods was riding in the Firecracker 100 bicycle race in Stephenville last year when a collision with a pickup broke her back, an arm and a hip, fractured her left eye socket, and severely bruised her left leg.
Woods needed three surgeries before she could begin rehabilitation, and she continues to recover.
"The doctor said he thought it would be a year, but it looks like it's going to be two-plus years," said Woods, 54, who was a physical education teacher at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts at the time of the crash. "I'm still in pain and I'm still taking medications, but I'm glad to be alive."
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Katrina Winnie, 60, the driver of the truck, recently pleaded guilty to an intoxication assault charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Winnie has had three DWI charges, two of them in about a year's time.
Winnie was found to be driving under the influence of prescription and nonprescription drugs, said Jason Cashon, Erath County district attorney. Six drugs, including methamphetamine, were detected by an analysis of Winnie's blood shortly after the July 3, 2010, accident.
"This is a lady who had a serious problem who caused some serious damage and who will serve the maximum sentence that the law will allow," Cashon said.
Winnie's most recent DWI came Aug. 1 east of Hearne when the vehicle she was driving collided with another on U.S. 190, said Robert Yezak, an assistant district attorney in Robertson County.
Winnie spent four days in jail before traveling back to Erath County to enter her guilty plea in the Woods case.
The 10-year sentence includes a two-year license suspension and a prohibition against filing an appeal, Cashon said. Winnie will be eligible for parole after two years and six months, Cashon said.
"Winnie is extremely remorseful for the permanent injuries suffered by the victim," said her attorney, Garry Lewellen. "What happened was a product of too many medications that had been prescribed to her by a doctor that did impair her."
The sequence of events has angered some in the biking community, although Woods said any anger that she might have felt toward Winnie has been replaced by pity.
"Honestly I would be thrilled if she could turn her life around," Woods said. "The way she is living is such a waste."
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752