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US Premier League Star’s Ex-Girlfriend, 22, Is Left Fighting For Life After Being Dragged Under A Car For Two Blocks In Horror Hit-And-Run While Hiding From Terrifying Shootout In St. Louis

The ex-girlfriend of an American soccer star is fighting for her life following a hit-and-run after being caught up in the crossfire of a shootout on the streets of St. Louis.

Ellie Bentley, 22, finally regained consciousness on Saturday after spending two weeks in the ICU following the horror incident at 3am on February 25.  

The British woman, who moved to the US last year with her then-boyfriend Indiana Vassilev, was exiting her car when a gun battle broke out.

Bentley dashed for cover and hid underneath a nearby vehicle as the bullets began to fly in the eclectic Grove neighborhood of St. Louis.

But unbeknownst to her, the car she was seeking refuge under was occupied with the male driver making getaway in a bid to escape the pandemonium. 

Ellie Bentley, 22, from England was involved in a life-threatening hit-and-run incident in St. Louis, Missouri, after getting caught up in a gun battle in February

Bentley’s ex-boyfriend was Indiana Vassilev, pictured, who joined MLS side St. Louis FC. He had previously played with Aston Villa

The bullets began to fly in the eclectic Grove neighborhood of St. Louis

Bentley was struck as the vehicle took off, dragging her along the road for two blocks. 

She was rushed to hospital having suffered several broken limbs and was placed in intensive care for two weeks before finally being released on Saturday. 

Bentley has since undergone five major reconstructive surgeries and will have additional operations in the near future.

Her attorney, Ben Tobin, said her path to recovery will be a long one.

‘She had just gotten out of a car when the shooting started,’ he explained to The Sun. 

‘She ducked down behind another vehicle until the shooting stopped, but then the person whose car she was hiding behind floored it, hit her, ran her over, and dragged her for a couple of blocks.’

Bentley was dragged under a car for two blocks; she had moved to the US with her then-boyfriend, Indiana Vassilev, who played for St. Louis FC

Ellie Bentley had recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in maths and physics

Tobin said Bentley had no connection to either party involved in the shooting and was simply an unfortunate bystander. 

‘She was pretty sure she was going to die as she was dragged underneath the vehicle,’ he said.

‘For the entire time, she was lying there trying to hold on and do whatever she could so she didn’t end up getting kicked out under the wheel.’

Tobin noted how video footage appeared to show the driver who hit Bentley was well aware of her presence when he fled the scene, running her over in the process.

‘Based on the video, there’s no way for the individual that hit her and ran her over and dragged her to argue that he did not know that she was underneath the vehicle when he took off,’ he said. 

Police responded to the scene following reports that a group had been attempting to get into the wrong car – which led to the shooting.

Caught up in the crossfire, Bentley his underneath a nearby car and was injured when the driver took off and dragged her along the road for two blocks

‘Like most 22-year-olds, I enjoyed dance, going to the gym, and yoga, and devoted two-to-three hours a day to physical fitness. Now I can’t move my legs or my right arm,’ Bentley said in a statement through her lawyer

Police say a 35-year-old man fired shots, injuring a 25-year-old man who was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds. 

Bentley was injured by a separate car, driven by another 25-year-old man, who fled once the shooting started. 

While the hit-and-run driver has been apprehended, the shooting suspect remains at large.

Bentley, originally from Bingham, east of Nottingham, moved to Missouri last year when Vassilev, 23, joined MLS side St. Louis FC.

Vassilev, originally from Savannah, Georgia, played two seasons with Inter Miami before signing with St. Louis City in 2023

Vassilev, originally from Savannah, Georgia, signed with Villa from in 2020 but only made four appearances with the team having been released on loan to play for Burton Albion and then Cheltenham Town.

He finally made a return to the States in 2021 playing two seasons with Inter Miami before signing with St. Louis City last year.    

Bentley, meanwhile, graduated last summer from the University of York with a degree in mathematics and physics. 

‘Like most 22-year-olds, I enjoyed dance, going to the gym, and yoga, and devoted two-to-three hours a day to physical fitness. Now I can’t move my legs or my right arm,’ Bentley said in a statement through her lawyer.

Her family has since traveled from the UK to be by her side as she continues to make a recovery, with a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for mounting medical expenses.