A hit-and-run victim talked only 11 News for the first time about his recovery and the search for the driver that hit him. Tuesday, police once again asked for the public's help for any kinds of leads on this case.
The accident happened early in the morning on Memorial Day, May 26. Police said the victim, Christopher Simmons, was riding his moped at South Circle and Monterey, north of Hancock Expressway, when he was struck by a hit-and run driver.
Simmons said he doesn't remember much of the actual crash. He said he remembers seeing headlights in his side view mirrors, and then nothing until he woke up in a hospital bed.
Just over eight weeks ago, Simmons was lying in the hospital bed with broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a fractured skull.
We talked with him Tuesday and he said he’s healing well, but he's lost hearing in his right ear, and the right side of his face is paralyzed.
"Everything is coming together, just my face is just not there yet, it's still coming though," Simmons said.
Investigators said Simmons was hit from behind while riding his moped and drug a short distance by the car
His family and police are asking for everyone's help to track down the driver and car. At this time, police don't have a detailed description of the car. They told us it’s a light or white-colored car with a spoiler attached to the trunk. Because of the accident, there's likely damage to the front of the vehicle.
"We've all got our head on a swivel looking for some dings on the front of a white car with the spoiler," Simmons said.
Simmons said instead of holding a grudge, he's going to move on with his goal of becoming a nurse, and hopes the person responsible does the right thing by stepping forward.
"It takes a big person to do that, and it would almost, I would commend that person at this point," Simmons told us.
If you have any information that can help, call Crime Stoppers 634-STOP. You don't have to give your name, and it could earn you a cash reward.
With a neck brace and blood pooling in his ear, Christopher Simmons lays in a hospital bed. Police say he was hit by a car while on his motorized scooter. His younger brother won't leave his side.
“He's just the most amazing human being. He's the best bigger older brother you could ever ask for,” Chad Simmons explained.
Christopher was on his way home from work, heading north on South Circle when officers say he was hit by a car from behind at the intersection with Monterey. The driver took off. His sister is in disbelief.
"Just left him on the side of the road, left him there for dead,” Amanda Coyle said.
"The guy just drove off and the scooter got drug underneath the car for a couple blocks and then the guy ditched the scooter,” Chad Simmons said.
Christopher's family says they won't stop searching until they get justice and find the driver who hit their brother.
"He had a right to be on the street. He had his lights on and was doing everything he could to be seen,” Chad Simmons said.
Christopher is in the ICU at Memorial Hospital. He has a fracture from the back of his head to his jaw and doctors told his family he'll likely lose hearing in one ear.
Police say the suspect car is white with a rear spoiler attached to the trunk. There is likely severe damage to the front.
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.