Persis Draper, 92, is accused of a hit-and-run accident involving a jogger, Dori Stolmaker, in Oro Valley, Ariz.
Draper, who allegedly hit Stolmaker (pictured) in a crosswalk and then fled the scene on Saturday, says she had no choice because of her diarrhea.
“The diarrhea started up again after the accident happened," Draper told the Arizona Daily Star. "I was going to stop, but then the diarrhea came and I didn’t stop."
Draper reportedly drove to a nearby grocery store to relieve herself but then went shopping for dinner rolls for a potluck dinner at her church.
About 45 minutes later, Draper says she returned to the scene of the accident, but no one was there.
“I didn’t leave a scene of an accident because I was running away," claimed Draper. "I’m not the type of individual who would do something like that. I left because I had diarrhea. I went back to check and there wasn’t anybody there.”
Draper dropped off the rolls at her church but went home because she was still not feeling well.
“I was upset and I wasn’t feeling good because of the diarrhea,” Draper said. “When I got home, I took a pill and went to sleep.”
However, Pima County Sheriff deputies knocked on her door Sunday morning after being given her license plate number by a witness.
Draper was charged with fleeing the scene, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to control her speed.
Stolmaker, who was bruised from the accident, told KOVA, “Obviously, this woman should not be driving anymore."
"My hip hurts, my shoulder hurts, everything just hurts, it's just sore, just sore," added Stolmaker. "I was struck from behind so my hands hit the ground first, so that's why my elbow got the brunt of everything, because I went down on my arms."
“It is unfortunate, it’s upsetting and I’m distraught," Draper told the Arizona Daily Star. "I can’t do anything about going back, and it was not a hit-and-run. I just had no choice because I’d had diarrhea. I don’t know what else I could have done. I empathize with [Stolmaker]. I’m saying my prayers and hoping everything turns out all right. I feel bad she got hurt.”
Sources: KOVA and Arizona Daily Star