After 2 days in the hospital, a local woman is recovering at home Wednesday night from a wreck that left her with a broken nose, and fractured ribs. But it's the theft of cash that flew out of Shannon Slocum's car even as she remained trapped inside her flipped Toyota that's adding insult to her injuries.
"I got the phone call and I said oh God, I hope she is still alive," said Ginger Slocum, who panicked when she heard her daughter, Shannon Slocum's car collided with another and flipped upside down on Barksdale Blvd. Monday afternoon. "The car was smushed, I'm most grateful to be alive," said Shannon Slocum and adds she wishes she could go back in time and not have taken that route that day.
With cash in hand, she was on her way to pay her rent, but instead spent two days in the hospital. She suffered a broken nose, fractured ribs, cuts and bruises. "If you saw the car and you see me, I look darn good," she said, trying to lighten the situation.
While she escaped with her life, she later found, she didn't escape with all of her money. Police say witnesses reported seeing someone snatch the cash from the crashed car, while Shannon was still unconscious, trapped upside down in her car. "There's my daughter, hanging upside down in the car, she may be dead, and somebody just picks up the money and walks away?!"
With a choice of calling for help or taking the money, what bothers Shannon most, is what was going through that person's head. " It hurts me most, that money is more important than life," Shannon said with tears in her eyes.
As a waitress at a local diner, she depends on tips to make ends meet and even though she'll struggle without that money to pay bills, she's still trying to find the silver lining in the situation. "Maybe whatever they are using it on, it made them happy, it makes me happy to say I'm still here."
Shannon told KSLA News 12 she hasn't lost confidence in humanity just, yet because perfect strangers have been offering her acts of kindness, like paying for her food and offering her words of support.
Bossier police say they have checked with nearby businesses for surveillance video that might have captured the reported theft on camera, but so far, they say they have not come up with anything useful.
So far, witnesses have not been able to provide a detailed enough description to identify the man.
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