Man hit by car: ‘They just left me there’

By jeanne starmack


A Girard man who was hit by a car on Church Hill Road said he never saw it coming.

David Blair, 21, was struck about 4 a.m. Sunday as he was walking across the Route 11 overpass.

The car did not stop. Blair said he was able to find help despite injuries that include a broken ankle, a sprained knee, bruises and road rash.

Blair said he was walking west toward his home in Girard. The car was traveling east, according to a police report.

Blair was looking down at his phone.

“I remember hearing the car hit me, and I got up and was sitting in the snow. I was in shock,” he said.

Blair said he tried to wave down a car, but it would not stop.

“I went to a house right past the bridge,” he said. He asked the homeowner to call an ambulance and waited on the porch until one came.

Liberty Fire Department personnel took Blair to St. Elizabeth Health Center, the police report indicates.

He was released Monday evening.

Blair said that while he was in the hospital, a Liberty police officer brought him his phone and told him police have debris from the car.

He said he does not know if police have any leads, adding that he has left a message with a detective.

A Liberty police spokesman could not be reached Thursday.

Blair’s mother, Kathy, is urging people who know anything about the hit-and-run to call Liberty police.

“We need to get this person,” she said.

“I really would like to know who did this,” Blair said. “They just left me there.”

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