Posted at: 04/29/2013 6:37 PM
| Updated at: 04/29/2013 10:17 PM
By: Steve Flamisch
TROY -- The pregnant woman who was struck by a pickup while crossing the street Friday feared she would lose her unborn son, she told NewsChannel 13.
Barbara Teeter, 27, was crossing 2nd Ave. at 116th St. when the vehicle struck her in the left side of her abdomen, knocking her to the pavement, she said.
"I was very, very scared," Teeter said. "I thought that maybe I had lost him... because I couldn't feel him move."
Teeter was rushed to Albany Medical Center where doctors monitored her unborn son for 24 hours before concluding he was unharmed. Now, he is moving again and his heartbeat is strong.
"I'm going to call him my little miracle child," she said.
The driver accused of hitting Teeter, Thomas Dibell, 58, of Albany, is charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Witnesses said he tried to flee in the commotion while bystanders aided the injured woman.
Dibell declined to answer questions following his court appearance Monday. His case was adjourned until next week because his attorney was not present.
"I really think that he should be in jail," Teeter said.
ARREST TOTALS "OFF THE CHARTS"
Dibell is one of several Capital Region residents accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in recent days.
Calvin Warner, 18, of Delmar, crashed his father's luxury car into a vacant unit at the Maple Manor Apartments in Delmar early Sunday morning, police said. No one was injured but the car narrowly missed a sleeping couple. Warner was charged with driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21.
About an hour later, two cars crashed into each other and careened into buildings on Guilderland Rd. near Draper Rd. in Rotterdam, police said. Lauren Nixon, 21, of Schenectady and Justin O'Hare, 21, of Guilderland were charged with driving while intoxicated.
Despite blanket patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and stern warnings in the media, people are not getting the message, Albany County Sheriff's Lt. Kerry Thompson said.
"Unfortunately, every time we do one of these initiatives, we get 20 to 30 people," Thompson, the county's Stop DWI administrator, said.
When Albany County partners with law enforcement agencies in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, the arrest totals are "off the charts," Thompson said.
Thompson promised increased patrols during the summer months -- especially for concerts and prom season -- but he feared drunk drivers will continue to chance it.
For mom-to-be Barbara Teeter, who is bruised and sore from her accident, it feels suddenly personal.
"It's just going to anger me now when I hear of somebody driving drunk," Teeter said. "People get killed. People get hurt."