Victim of hit and run speaks out, released from hospital Tuesday
PADUCAH, Ky. - A bicyclist hit and seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a local park is out of the hospital.
PADUCAH, Ky. - A local doctor riding his bike was hit Sunday afternoon in Noble Park. He was released from the ICU Monday morning but will stay in the hospital to recover in the days ahead.
LaDonna Pitman has vowed not to leave her husband's side.
"I can't even fathom," she says, breaking into sobs, imagining what could have been.
LaDonna was expecting her husband, Dr. Jay Pitman to come up the driveway Sunday afternoon around 3:30. Instead, she saw police.
"I thought I had lost my whole world," she remembered, adding, "It was terrible."
"The officer said they found me face down, unconscious- my feet still clipped into my pedals, in a pool of blood," Dr. Pitman said.
Pitman says he has no memory of the hit and run. An eyewitness reported seeing a red car hit the biker and continue going.
"Nobody cared, that's just wrong," he said during an interview from his hospital bed.
Pitman's shoulder could require surgery and he suffered a brain hemoraghe. By Monday morning, the swelling had gone down. Pitman said he was eager to return home to his family and to continue biking.
LaDonna Pitman says she is hopeful the driver and his passenger will be caught.
"I am angry. They need to be found and punished."
Paducah Police say for the time being the driver would be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. An officer says after an interview with the driver, more serious charges could follow.
Police are looking for a 2000's model red car with a black bra. It is thought to be a Pontiac Grand Prix or Oldsmobile Alero. The eyewitness identified the driver as a white man with long hair and said a white female was in the passenger seat. Both, the eyewitness said, are in their mid-20's to early 30's.