Remarkable Recovery of a Norwich Hockey Player Hit by Car

Published 03/12 2014 05:41PM

Updated 03/13 2014 05:06PM

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - A true comeback story.  It's not just what a star Norwich hockey player is doing on the ice that has us paying attention.  Three months ago, Liz Gemmetti was hit by an accused drunk driver.  

She spoke exclusively with ABC 22's Jenny Day.

"The car hit me here and the bumper was sticking out," Gemmetti said.

Police say a drunk driver plowed into Gemmitti as she walked home from campus. A road she's walked down thousands of times has now only been traveled twice since the accident. Liz was struck just steps from her house. 

"I have trouble sleeping still and its been three months," said Gemmetti. 

23-year-old James Lott was charged with the crime and is facing 15 years. 

"It is what it is at this point," Gemmetti said. "I think that if I ever came across him, I don't think that i would be too opposed to hearing an apology. At the same time, I'm always going to feel a little bit angry."

She says it was a preventable act, but knows her recovery has been remarkable.

 While not back in the game yet, she has already stepped back into skates. 

"Our team has been doing so well, and like, I love it. But at the same time, I'm so angry that I can't be a part of it," Gemmetti said. 

This year, she'll be cheering on her teammates from the stands at this weekend's NCAA tournament in Northfield.

Elizabeth Gemmetti has plans to play for Norwich as a senior next year and has dreams of even playing after college.

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