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Family of hit and run victim asking for information, driver to come forward

Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 08:27:33-04

The family of a Vermilion Parish hit and run victim is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Louisiana State Police responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on July 10 at 4:30 a.m. The pedestrian was standing in the center of LA 82, just north of the Perry Bridge, when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle fled the scene.

Now, the man's family is begging the public for any information that may help police.

Susan Mire, the victim's mother, told KATC she and other family members have shared information on the crash on social media and are asking anyone who may have seen her son or the crash to let police know.

"It's not about getting back at anybody," she said. "It's just about finding out the true story about what happened to my son. Who could just leave him...run over him and just leave him for dead?"

The 34-year-old father of three remains in ICU at a local hospital, on a ventilator and fighting for his life. Mire said he has broken bones in his neck and needs back surgery, but doctors say that's not currently an option because it could leave him paralyzed.

Mire said that even those who feel they don't know anything significant can help.

"Even the smallest little thing might give investigators a lead."

If it weren't for a passing stranger, Mire said her son may have died that night. She said a woman was driving down LA Hwy 82 when she saw a man walking in the middle of the highway. She called 911 and continued on her way. Minutes later, the woman received a call from police, asking her to return to the scene because they couldn't find the man.

"No telling when they would have found him," Mire said. "If not for her, he might've died."

One of Mire's daughters has kept in contact with the woman, keeping him updated on her brother's injuries. Mire said she wants to reach out to the woman herself, but hasn't yet.

As for Mire, she says she wants to reach out to the woman who called the police that night, but says right now, she's focused on the most important thing - taking care of her son.

"He's a brother, he's a son, he's a father. He has people who love him. No one, no one at all, should have to find out their child was left for dead."

Anyone with information on the hit and run is urged to call Louisiana State Police Troop I at 337-262-5880.

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