‘God Kept Me Here’: Educator Thankful for Her Recovery

Lyn Estes Dukes

(The T&D) – “Now that I’m doing so well, I know it’s got to be a miracle. It’s got to be God and it’s got to be all of those prayers that people have sent me,” Lyn Estes Dukes said.

The 69-year-old retired educator said her life changed in the blink of an eye on Aug. 17 during her routine morning walk. She doesn’t remember it. She doesn’t remember when the vehicle struck her, the blow leaving her bleeding in the front yard of an Autumn Street home.

Her T-shirt was torn and covered in blood. Part of her T-shirt was found in the cracked windshield of a vehicle, which Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers allege was driven by Roger Oneal Haynes, 57, of 1360 Wingate St.

She doesn’t remember lying with tire marks on her back in the front yard grass of that Autumn Street home. And she doesn’t remember being conscious long enough to tell emergency responders her name and address. CONTINUE