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Survivor Story: Woman Miraculously Overcomes Shooting And Hit & Run

Image shows Ellie Bentley after her 2022 graduation from University of York. Right image shows Ellie Bentley after surviving a shooting and hit-and-run car accident graduating from rehab.

At 22, Ellie Bentley had her entire life in front of her. She graduated with degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of York in the United Kingdom. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri, with her then-boyfriend, Indiana Vassilav. On February 25, 2024, Ellie was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shots rang out, and Ellie hid between two cars to avoid the shooting.


As you may know on 25th February I was caught up in a shooting and dragged along the road several blocks under a car. My family and I are very grateful for all the support we have received since the accident and want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through this difficult time. Unfortunately due to the extent of my injuries I still have a long road to recovery. All donations go directly towards my recovery and rehabilitation. I thank everyone who has already donated from the bottom of my heart. Your kind words and generosity have helped me to power through, I hope to leave the hospital soon. Thank you so much for your love and support, Ellie xox soon. GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/Ocab8058 #fyp #foryourpage #trending #viral #viralvideo #tiktok

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That refuge became a nightmare for Ellie as the driver of one of the vehicles decided it was a good time to flee the scene. Ellie had made eye contact with the driver, and he knew she was there. He opted to speed off, carrying Ellie Bentley with him. Hanging on for her life, Ellie was dragged through the streets of St. Louis for several blocks. The hit-and-run driver was later identified as Dionte Taylor.

In an interview with “5 On Your Side,” Ellie stated, “The driver, never asked me to move out the way, never ushered to the side or anything. He looks at me and just completely puts his foot to the gas. Never takes his foot off the gas, just accelerating and accelerating.” Ellie was dumped in front of the Platypus Bar. Someone from the bar called 911, and employees jumped into action. They worked together to apply pressure to Ellie’s injuries to slow the bleeding while waiting for first responders. The actions of the Platypus Bar employees were instrumental in saving Ellie Bentley’s life.

Ellie Bentley’s Miraculous Recovery After The Hit-and-Run

The list of Ellie’s injuries is extensive. She has documented her recovery story on TikTok. We must warn you that some photos are very graphic and not for the squeamish. The story of her recovery is amazing, though, and Ellie Bentley is a true survivor by any definition.

Left image shows a smiling Ellie Bentley sitting in a wheelchair during her recovery. Right image shows Ellie taking hesitant steps with friends at her side.
Images from TikTok.

With five major surgeries so far, Ellie still has a long road ahead of her. Although she may have years of continuing treatment and surgeries, she left the hospital on March 10, 2024. Her positive attitude and survivor spirit make a huge difference. She will bounce back from this experience. In her healing process, she sends a message to others to give them hope. No matter what knocks you down, you can survive and move forward. Ellie Bentley personifies the word “Hero.”

Two of Ellie’s friends, Kendall Kau and Lauren Coleman, have organized a GoFundMe to assist with Ellie’s medical care and recovery costs. You can visit the donation page for more details on Ellie’s recovery.

During several interviews, Ellie has expressed a desire to remain in the St. Louis area. The outpouring of love and community spirit overwhelmed her. She no longer dates Indiana Vassilav but has fallen in love with the city he brought her to.

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