Hit-and-run victim calls for driver to come forward

Hit-and-run victim speaks from hospital bed, calls for driver to come forward
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KALAPANA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island Police are still searching for the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash last week that left a Kea'au man severely injured.

It was described as a light blue mini-van.

"I just heard loud noises and I knew I was moving, but I didn't know how or anything," said Joshua Bryan, 32.

Bryan doesn't remember much about the accident. He lies in a hospital bed with a broken pelvis, a fractured femur and severe road rash.

"There was a lot of blood everywhere and he was just lying in a big puddle of blood," said Tirzah Poarch, Bryan's girlfriend.

Just after 11 p.m. on August 3rd, Bryan and a few friends were heading home when their SUV broke down along Highway 130 in Kalapana.

Bryan says he was inspecting the vehicle and lying underneath it, when a minivan ran him over and sped off.

"I think mostly everyone agrees they were probably drunk because they were swerving," Bryan said. "I could understand that they would be scared, but it's just not right to just run someone over then just leave."

Bryan was flown via helicopter to Queen's Medical Center in Oahu.

"The doctor said if the tire would have been one inch further over, it would have either killed him or left him quadriplegic," Dave Bryan said, the victim's father.

Despite undergoing three procedures and facing months of rehab, Bryan is in good spirits and is looking forward to getting back to normal.

"I want to do more spearfishing and snorkeling definitely," he said.

He says he's not angry with the driver, but encourages them to come forward.

Bryan's mother, Cheryl Bryan, has this message for the suspect: "I would tell them to please admit what they did and just deal with the consequences because that will haunt them their entire life."

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to called Hawaii Island Police at 808-935-3311 or 808-965-2716.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers at  8-8=961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. The Bryan family plans on adding an additional $1,000 reward.

A fundraising page has been set up to help Joshua Bryan and his recovery.

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