Woman makes plea after brother injured in hit-and-run
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:02PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:49PM AST
A Nova Scotia woman is making an emotional plea after her brother was struck by a vehicle in Stewiacke.
Police are still looking for the driver, who fled the scene, and Maria Stevens hopes someone who hears her brother’s story will come forward with information.
Stevens says she didn’t know what to expect when she arrived at a Halifax hospital Wednesday night.
“Just considering what I was told, I was preparing myself for the worst.”
Police say the 40-year-old man was walking north along the southbound lane off Highway 2 between Main Street and the fire hall when he was hit by the vehicle Wednesday night.
The driver fled the scene and the victim called for help from his cellphone.
“It makes me sick to my stomach that there’s somebody out there who did this and they don’t have the conscience to come forward,” says Stevens.
She says her brother, Jason Stevens, is a captain at the Stewiacke Fire Hall and was on his way to a meeting there.
He says he doesn’t remember anything other than seeing headlights and then waking up cold and wet in a ditch.
“My brother’s a fighter. He fights to the end. He’ll never give up, and that’s what he did last night.”
Police believe the man was in the snow for about half an hour. He suffered a concussion, broken wrist, cuts and internal bruising in the incident.
Investigators say the victim is a big man - weighing about 245 pounds - and wore a yellow, reflective jacket at the time.
An officer was back on the scene Thursday afternoon but investigators have little information to go on.
“This could have had very tragic consequences,” says RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc. “The vehicle, after impact, obviously fled the scene and we have little information on what the vehicle may look like.”
Maria Stevens is asking anyone with information to do the right thing and contact police.
“Make that phone call. You don’t have to say who you are, just say what you saw,” she says. “And if you did this, what would you want if somebody that you loved had this happen to them? Would you want to know who?”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jacqueline Foster