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Grand Strand runner hit by car now in rehab; benefit event announced

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Misty White, the runner who was struck by a car while out for an evening run in early October, is now out of the hospital and is in a rehab hospital, according to her boyfriend.

White, a member of the Grand Strand Runners Club and Wilmington Road Runners Club was hit by a car while running near her home in Myrtle Beach around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2.

On December 14, the GSRC is hosting an event to benefit White's road to recovery, and to bring more awareness to running safety. There will be a 5K run, food and drink, a raffle, music, and more at Barefoot Resort.

More information on the Misty's Category 5K here: http://www.mistyscategory5k.com/

According to White's boyfriend, Ryan Dion, the accident happened at the Hwy. 17 Bypass and 67th St.

Friends say the car that hit White was traveling at 40 mph. They say she sustained a broken pelvis, a broken wrist and broken bones in her back. White's boyfriend said she is lucky to be alive.

White spend several weeks at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Her boyfriend says she was in a medically-induced coma for several days.

Dion said that White was "Groggy and in a lot of pain," and jokingly stated that she  "is not talking about running any races for a while."  Months of recovery are expected after numerous surgeries.

Her surgeries have gone well, Dion said. Her shoulder was repaired with a plate, as was her vertebrae and sacrum. Doctors said they used extra screws to reinforce her pelvis, since she is a runner. 

"If anybody can come back from this, it's Misty," said Dion. "Very strong willed, amazing person. I uprooted from Wilmington to come be with her. She's the life of the party."

Captain David Knipes from the Myrtle Beach Police Department said White was traveling west, and the car was traveling north when she was struck. He said White did not have the right-of-way, and there were no indications that the car was speeding.

As White crossed the road, one car stopped, but another didn't see her and hit her, Knipes said. A police car was behind the driver at the time and witnessed the accident. No charges are expected to be filed.

White was one of 12 local runners who ran in the Boston Marathon back in April, and was uninjured by the explosions that went off at the finish line. White's boyfriend said she was training for the upcoming Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, and was expected to be in Georgetown next week for the Bridge 2 Bridge Run to defend her title.

If you would like to make a contribution to assist with Misty White's medical and recovery expenses, the GSRC established a secure way to do so. Visit http://www.grandstrandrunner.com/payment.aspx?id=CE1C2FA5-DA8E-4346-8212-0EFE5A8F8753.

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