BANGOR — A woman who was hit by a Community Connector bus in August is now looking to sue the city.
In just a matter of seconds Amarylis Fisher’s life changed.
In August, she was hit by a Community Connector bus at the intersection of Main and Hammond Streets.
Two months later, she’s still in the hospital.
“I started seeing flickers, a firecracker before my eyes and thought this is it,” Fisher described. “The first thing I thought was, ‘Oh my God, I’m disappointing my son’ because I thought I was dying.”
Fisher says the bus hit her, just knocking her over, but that the driver didn’t stop and ran over the lower half of her body.
As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated and she had to undergo several skin graft surgeries on the other.
“I’m my old self inside. My demeanor is me. My personality is me. Me, I’m well inside,” she explained. “My physical capabilities are just so impaired and that’s not me.”
Her brother, Leonard Burnett, said Fisher likes to repurpose old things like purses and dresses.
As a writer of poems and short stories, she likes to repurpose words.
“She had to repurpose her life. She’s ready to do that. Her attitude is positive,” Burnett said. “She has a great spirit. She doesn’t have any regrets about the accident or any regrets about coming here.”
The city was served with a notice of claim last month.
Fisher is seeking $15 million to cover medical expenses and the lifelong need for continuing care.
“She feels abandoned or forsaken, like scraps in the trash,” Burnett said. “No one from the city, mayor, councilors, the bus people, no cards or asked how she’s doing. Nothing.”
The attorney representing the city says he can’t speak to the case, but said that everyone connected with this matter wishes her the best in her recovery.
There’s no timeline on when she’ll be leaving the hospital, so family members have rotated taking turns coming to visit.
“However long it takes is what it takes. I’m not saying oh I’ll be well in six weeks,” Fisher said. “If I’m doing something in six weeks, that’s fine. Mine is just one day at a time.”
According to the notice given to the city, pedestrian walk lights may not have been working correctly.