Longboarder hopes to find person who hit him with car and drove off

Longboarder hopes to find person who hit him with car and drove off (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - The victim of a hit and run near Liberty Park is speaking out hoping the driver either turns themselves in or is found by the Salt Lake Police Department

“I cracked my head open. My tibia and fibula are broke, my tibia came out of the skin, Austin Bryson described the severe injuries he received after being hit by a car, “I heard a car kind of creeping up on me. I could hear it coming quick, he said.

Longboarding he says is something he loves to do.

”I go every morning on a regular longboard ride around the park just to clear my head and get ready for the day.” But that love turned to tragedy for him Sunday morning when he was riding on 500 East near Harvard Avenue when a white sedan type car hit him, “It just kept going too fast, it didn't even hit the brakes, it was a ford focus cream colored pearl white” he said.

Bryson with a severely broken leg, injuries to his spine, and a laceration on his head he was left screaming for help, “I screamed for helped for like 15 minutes before some homeless people came and helped me,” he said. Bryson who works as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, a caretaker himself said he was helpless, “The whole time I was panicking that I was bleeding out,” he said.

The Salt Lake Police Department is hoping residents in the area may be able to help, Brandon Shearer is a Sergeant, “If you live in the area and have something on your cameras please again call our detectives. Our detectives will continue to follow up until they find the people involved,” he said.

Bryson and his family are still in shock the driver didn’t stop, “I don’t understand how you can leave a person in the road after you hit them with your car, how dare you,” said Alexis Pulver, Bryson’s girlfriend.

“Knowing that some guy caused that much pain to me, I’m frustrated,” said Bryson.

If you saw anything or have any information, you’re asked to contact SLPD at (801) 799-3000.

Bryson does have a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.

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