Chandler teacher Amy Kiefer-Berard recovering after being struck by vehicle in Tempe

CHANDLER, AZ - A Valley teacher struggles to remember a year of her life after being hit by a car while crossing the street with her newborn baby girl and husband.

It's been a tough journey to get Amy Kiefer-Berard back into her classroom.

“Yes I’m here. I’m alive. I can do these things and that’s wonderful, but it’s still a very long process.”

About a year and a half ago, this high school science teacher, her husband, and their little girl were walking near their neighborhood when a pickup slammed into another car, sending it flying at the family.

All of them were seriously hurt - most of all Amy.

“I have good days and I have bad days."

She was lucky to survive, but says she doesn’t remember the entire year following the accident.

"Bits and pieces are there, but it’s pretty much gone, like the day-to-day, I don’t remember."

Unfortunately, Amy's story is all too common here in the Valley.

A report by Smart Growth America ranks Phoenix in the top 10 in for the number of people hit by cars.

When you are a pedestrian, you are in danger, period.

Phoenix police Sergeant James Holmes is surprised Phoenix isn't higher on the list.

"I don’t know why we have such a problem here, because everyone knows this is a crowded city, we complain about the traffic every day. People speed, people aren’t paying attention.”

Now back in the classroom, Amy is determined to make sure the rest of her life is unforgettable.

“If anybody could get anything from my story, it would be, hey, don’t take away a year of somebody's life.”

Amy was out of work for an entire school year.

But her fellow teachers gave up their own vacation days, so Amy could still get paid while she was recovering.

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