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Nearly a week after a Bethesda woman was the victim of a hit-and-run in Bethesda, police are still looking for information about the incident.

Michelle Eyre De Sam, 35, of Cedar Lane, was crossing Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane in the rain at about 9:30 p.m. Friday when she was hit by a vehicle, according to a police statement released Wednesday.

Chris Todd, Michelle’s father, said that her clavicle, pelvis, and spine had all been fractured, but that she was not paralyzed. “She will require weeks and weeks of physical therapy,” he said.

De Sam was on her way home from the National Institutes of Health where she works as a policy and budgetary officer, he said.

Todd said that a couple driving home from work spotted cars driving around a pair of small tennis shoes in the road.

One of the two Good Samaritans asked her husband to stop, and saw De Sam lying half in the road with her head against the curb, Todd said.

Todd said that police contacted him around 11 p.m. but it took him several hours to get to Suburban Hospital, where rescue personnel took De Sam and where she is still recovering.

Todd said his daughter is having some memory issues, he said.

Investigating officers do not know if anyone witnessed the collision, and have not yet found the vehicle that struck her, but believe she was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident, the statement said.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who were in the area when De Sam was hit to call 301-279-8000. Those wishing to stay anonymous can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). There is a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in this felony crime.


Related link: Map of reported pedestrian/vehicle collisions in Montgomery County in 2013.