Survivor To Hit-And-Run Drivers: Come Forward

By Matt Lupoli |

Published 07/20 2014 09:08PM

Updated 07/20 2014 10:16PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man who was sent to the hospital on his way home after a pickup collided with his motorcycle spoke with KOLR 10 Sunday about his recovery, and the hope that hit-and-run drivers will "man up."

"Really the first thing I do remember is waking up in the hospital and they were wrapping up my arm." Taylor Carpenter, 23, said about his first memory of the July 9 crash that put him in an intensive care unit.

Carpenter spent four days at Mercy hospital and has been resting home in Nixa since doctors released him.

"I was in the ICU for 24 hours. I almost ripped my thumb off, they had surgery on it, popped it back into place and sewed it up," he said. "I had lacerations in my lungs."

Witnesses said the driver of a black pickup struck Carpenter at Campell and Portland avenues and then fled the scene. Carpenter said the witnesses saved his life.

"They took care of me. Them five people saved my life," he said.  "I'm just so fortunate that they were all around. Without them I don't know if I would've made it, honestly."

Carpenter's case is one of several still under investigation locally.
On Saturday, a jogger was struck and injured on South Prince Lane. 

Just before Carpenter's crash, a skateboarder was hit and killed on Kansas Expressway and Nichols Street.

Earlier in the month, a teen's life was taken in another hit-and-run crash in Ozark. A vehicle was recovered in that case, but still no word on charges being filed as the investigation remains ongoing.

Carpenter said he hopes the driver in his case comes forward, along with the drivers involved in the other hit-and-run crashes this month.

"I know I would panic if I mad that mistake," Carpenter said. "I don't wish nothing bad to happen to him, but I think he needs to man up and take what is going to happen to him at least. That's the least he can do."

Anyone with information in any hit-and-run crash is urged to contact local authorities, or Crime Stoppers of Greater Springfield at 417-869-TIPS. 

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