Last Wednesday, a man was walking across a busy road in Carrollton. Now, his family fears he may not be able to walk the same way ever again.
Jose Hernandez was struck by a car while crossing Alabama Street, and the driver of a black 2017 Hyundai Accent left him in the middle of the road, Carrollton police said. Hernandez remains in a medically induced coma at Grady Memorial Hospital. Doctors told his niece he might lose his left leg.
“It is really, really sad,” Claudia Rodriguez told Channel 2 Action News. “I was like, wow, seeing my uncle in that condition — knowing how sweet of a person he is, it hurts a lot.”
The hit-and-run happened about 11:30 p.m. Hernandez was struck in the road when someone in the Hyundai turned left on Brumbelow Road, AJC.com previously reported. Officers told Channel 2 that Hernandez was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
Police released a photo of a person of interest in a black Hyundai, and the news station reported that officers have found the car used in the hit-and-run. However, they are still searching for the man.
Rodriguez told Channel 2 she wants the person responsible brought to justice, but she’s trying to focus on her uncle’s health and well-being for now.
“I really can’t let that get to me,” she said. “(We’re) staying positive, and God has everything in his hands.”
Anyone with information about this incident or the man in the photo is asked to contact police at 770-834-4451.
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