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Hit-and-Run Victim Urges Driver to Come Forward

Michael Hernandez Michael Hernandez

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- He's walking to his friend's house, when his plans for the evening change dramatically. An SUV slams into the Ewa Beach man, leaving him badly hurt.

The driver doesn't stop. Now, the victim is urging that person to come forward.

Balloons and flowers fill the hospital room of a man who was hit by an SUV and survived.

"I thought I was going to die," Michael Hernandez, hit-and-run victim, said. "I thank God I'm here. That's all I can do, just enjoy what time He gives me."

Hernandez says he was in a crosswalk on Lumiaina Street at about 1 a.m. Sunday, when he saw an SUV coming at him.

"It was going too fast, and I was in the middle. There was nowhere to go," he said. "There was no swerving. There was no braking. And I was like, oh God, I'm going to get hit."

He gets a fractured right leg, a dislocated left knee, and numerous cuts and scrapes.

"I couldn't crawl out of the way," he said. "I was in the road. I was hoping nobody would run me over. But luckily, some people stopped by and helped me out."

But the driver kept going.

"I know it's on the conscience. I know already," Hernandez said. "If they catch them, you don't turn yourself in, it's not going to be good. If you turn yourself in, I think it'll be a lot better."

The injuries to his legs may look bad. But the 41-year-old says it's the road rash that's killing him.

"The strawberries? You're absolutely right," he said. "These are the worst, strawberries."

The only description on the SUV is that it's light-colored. Investigators say it may have damage to its front end.

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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