Vanc. hit-run victim thought driver was stopping to help

Vanc. hit-run victim thought driver was stopping to help

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Posted on December 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:40 AM

VANCOUVER -- A man who was badly hurt in a Vancouver hit-and-run early Wednesday morning had surgery on a badly broken leg Friday.

At around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, 25-year-old Steve Johnson was standing in front of his broken down Subaru along the side of Highway 14 when another driver pulled onto the shoulder, revved his engine and backed up, pinning him between the two cars, said Washington State Patrol Trooper William Finn.

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Johnson figured they stopped to help, but the next thing he knew the car backed up into him.

“I just glanced back and noticed them there, and thought, ‘OK cool whatever’… went back to what I was doing and about that time I got smashed between both cars,” said Johnson. “I’ve probably pulled over a million times to help somebody out, and the one time I need help, I get ran over. So I'm a little disappointed."

Johnson said he screamed when he got pinned. The driver pulled forward about 50 yards before pausing and driving off.

“I've got no hard feelings for getting ran over. I’m really irritated that he took off,” he said.

Johnson told police he was unable to stand up after the crash and crawled along the shoulder to pull himself into his car and call 911. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

The suspect vehicle was described as a green, late-nineties Mustang with tinted windows (similar to the one pictured below) and police said it likely has noticeable rear bumper damage. The driver left the highway at the Lieser Road exit. Anyone with information was asked to call WSP at (360) 449-7999.

KGW Reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report

 

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