Driver shot on Highway 114 in Irving

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA

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WFAA

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 11:10 PM

IRVING — A DeSoto woman was shot while driving along Highway 114 in Irving last Friday.

Crystal Battee uses the freeway five times a week on her way to work near the University of Dallas, and that's where she was last Friday night.

It was around 9:40 p.m., and as she sailed through the westbound lanes she heard the familiar sound of tires popping.

"I just saw somebody had a flat tire on the other side of the street, and I thought I got hit by the debris," Battee said. "But it was actually a gunshot."

It was a bullet that went through her windshield... and her own body.

"The next thing I felt was the glass in my eye, and then after that I looked down. I had a hole in my hand," she said.

Part of the bullet was lodged near the base of her thumb. It will take three weeks to heal. But the rest of it kept flying right into her passenger seat. She’s grateful no one was sitting there that night.

This is the third time in a month a motorist or their vehicle have been struck by gunfire in North Texas. The other two incidents happened on Interstate 20. Police don’t know if these three shootings are connected, but in each case the person driving had no clue who fired the shot.

"I don’t know where the bullet came from... I know nothing," Battee said.

But she does know how close she came to being hurt much more than this.

"That could have been my life, and I don’t want the next person to go through what I went through," she said.

If you have any information about this case, contact Irving police.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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