Innocent crash victim fighting to get her life back to normal

Innocent crash victim fighting to get her life back to normal
Moffett ran a red light at the Corner of O'Neal Rd and Hwy. 49, crushing Megan's car. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Moffett ran a red light at the Corner of O'Neal Rd and Hwy. 49, crushing Megan's car. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A 29-year-old Gulfport woman is picking up the pieces of her life, after spending a week in a hospital following a crash.

April 22, 2:55 p.m. at the corner of O'Neal Rd. and Hwy. 49: Meagan Rager was driving home from one of her two jobs when police say Shawn Moffett ran a red light, crushing Meagan's car and her body.

Paramedics who responded feared she was dead.

"I have a broken sternum, broken ribs, my nasal cavity was broken. My right hand was almost completely cut off and had to be sewn back on. I had bleeding on the brain, and swelling on the brain as well," Rager explained.

After the crash, the single mother says she felt like dying.

"When you're in so much pain physically, sometimes that's the only feeling you do have," said Rager, whose children are her life.

The oldest child understands what Rager is experiencing, however, the two year old doesn't. He just wants to be held by his mommy.

Rager added, "He made the comment that he wants his old mommy back, and that was kind of heart wrenching to hear him say that."

While she recovers, Meagan can barely fend for herself.

"I still need help combing my hair, getting dressed. I can't do household chores, I can't cook."

As for Moffett, Meagan says she forgives him, but only to a point.

"I do believe that he needs to pay a higher consequence than just leaving the scene of an accident and carjacking," said Rager. "He has turned my life, and my child's life, upside down."

After so much hard work, Rager's financial future is now uncertain as hospital bills loom.

"Everything I've worked for up until this point I feel like I will lose, and I will have to start over," said Rager.

But thanks to the district attorney's office, help could be on the way.

"Once the case has been investigated, and the case is bound over to the grand jury and we get a file, we will work with her and work with the victim to put together a package to seek funding from what's called the Victim's Compensation Fund that's administered by the attorney general's office," said Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker.

Even so, Rager has doubts.

"I was going to have a normal paycheck and be able to provide for them. And because of someone else's decision, it's all gone. It wasn't even a choice I made," the single mother added. "I know I'll survive. I'll do what it takes to survive. It's something I wouldn't wish on anyone to happen. I'm hopeful for the future."

Meanwhile, Shawn Moffett is in the Harrison County Jail. He is being held under a $60,000 bond for the carjacking and leaving the scene charges, but will not be able to bond out because he's also being held on a probation warrant for a statutory rape charge out of Lamar County.

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