Shopping Cart Toss Victim Speaks: I Have a Long Way to Go

She says she has never heard from the boys who attacked her.

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:04 PM EDT
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For the first time, the victim of the shopping cart attack in Harlem last fall speaks. Marion Salmon Hedges tells NBC New York she has never heard from the boys who attacked her but she wishes them well. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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For the first time, the victim of the shopping cart attack in Harlem last fall speaks. Marion Salmon Hedges tells NBC New York she has never heard from the boys who attacked her but she wishes them well. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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The woman who was struck by a shopping cart thrown from a fourth-story parking garage walkway last year is speaking publicly for the first time, and tells NBC New York that she has never heard an apology from the 12-year-old boys who hurt her.

Marion Hedges said she has not heard directly from the boys in the attack that caused her serious injury.

She was in a coma after the cart hit her as she walked with her 13-year-old son outside the East Harlem Target in November. She said Monday that she still has no vision in her left eye, which makes walking difficult.

"I'm doing one day at a time ... I have a long way to go," she said outside her home on the Upper West Side.

One of the boys has been sentenced to at least six months in a residential therapeutic foster home. The other child was sentenced to at least six months in a therapy-oriented boarding school, and wrote her an apologetic letter.

But Hedges, who has a 13-year-old son, said she never received it.

"I haven't heard from them, but I wish them well, I do, because I feel very sorry for them," she said.

The Manhattan philanthropist said she can't wait to get better because she wants to help other young people.

"I'm only focusing on recovery and focusing on helping other young boys that need help," she said.

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