She made sure the roadway was clear before proceeding across the street, she said. A truck hit her a short time later, police said.
“I saw it when it was literally hitting me,” she said. “I thought it was not real, and then I saw it leaving and I saw my leg was twisted.”
Surveillance video of the incident released by Carrollton police shows the moment Beauvais was hit. The truck does not appear to slow down before the crash.
“I just thought I was going to die and lose my leg,” Beauvais told Channel 2.
Witnesses rushed to help the journalism student.
"If it wasn't for them, who knows” what would have happened, her stepmother Amy Jennings told the news station.
As of Tuesday, a GoFundMe page set up to help Beauvais cover her medical expenses had raised about $3,000.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the car, described as a 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma, to contact police at 770-834-4451.