HAMPTON, Va. — A judge has dismissed the case against a woman accusing of hitting a Virginia state senator with her car.

The arresting officer failed to appear in court after he had been fired by the Hampton University Police Department. 

State senator and educator Dr. Mamie Locke said she’s still recovering after breaking nearly every bone in her left leg.

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“For three months I was in a wheelchair non-weight bearing. And now I’m still basically having to learn how to walk, all over again,” she said. “It’s hard and it’s been hard. From that evening until now it was a life-changing event.”

Police charged Rachel Dillera with reckless driving after she struck Dr. Locke with her car in March.

Dr. Locke was crossing the street near Hampton University, where she is the dean of the school of liberal arts.

A judge dismissed the charge against Dillera on Tuesday because the police officer who took the report, Justin Shockley, failed to show up in court. 

“We can’t have a situation where people are having distracted drivers hit them and that person is not held accountable for what they do,” Dr. Locke said.

The Hampton University police department fired officer Shockley in July, along with eight other officers, over social media posts. 

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At the time, the university said the police officers violated the university's code of conduct.

“That is not an excuse for him not showing up in court. He still had that responsibility,” Dr. Locke said. “There’s nothing really that can be done since he didn’t show.”

Dr. Locke said: “My disappointment is not necessarily even for myself. But for anyone else who would find themselves in the same situation that I’m in. They may not be as fortunate… May not have had the same kind of insurance that I had, could have been hurt worse, what if that happen to them?”

Dr. Locke said she’s still undergoing physical therapy.

Dillera told Hampton University police at the time that she didn't see Locke in the road.

The Democratic lawmaker has been using a wheelchair after surgery on her leg.

“For three months I was in a wheelchair non-weight bearing. And now I’m still basically having to learn how to walk, all over again,” she said. “It’s hard and it’s been hard. From that evening until now it was a life-changing event.”

Police charged Rachel Dillera with reckless driving after she struck Dr. Locke with her car, in March.

Dr. Locke was crossing the street near Hampton University, where she is the dean of the school of liberal arts.

The Daily Press reports, a judge dismissed the charge against Dillera on Tuesday because the police officer who took the report, Justin Shockley, failed to show up in court. 

“We can’t have a situation where people are having distracted drivers hit them and that person is not held accountable for what they do,” Dr. Locke said.

The Hampton University police department fired officer Shockley in July, along with eight other officers, over social media posts. 

At the time, the university said the police officers violated the university's code of conduct.

“That is not an excuse for him not showing up in court. He still had that responsibility,” Dr. Locke said.

“There’s nothing really that can be done since he didn’t show.”

Dr. Locke said: “My disappointment is not necessarily even for myself. But for anyone else who would find themselves in the same situation that I’m in. They may not be as fortunate… May not have had the same kind of insurance that I had, could have been hurt worse, what if that happen to them?”

Dr. Locke says she’s still undergoing physical therapy.