updated 10/13/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/13/2010 AT 2:30 PM ET
Juliette Lewis was lucky to escape last week’s hit-and-run accident in her chauffeured Lincoln Town Car without more serious injuries, and says she’s still reeling from the experience.
“I was two blocks from my house when the car hit my side, the passenger door,” the actress, 37, told PEOPLE at the Cinema Society screening of Conviction hosted by Laura Mercier on Tuesday. “The good news is that I was feeling sleepy and leaning in. So, that saved me from more brutal injuries.”
She added: “I didn’t actually smash my head. I just got jerked violently.”