SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - As Sandy Springs police search for the driver of an SUV that hit a Midtown man, his friends and family are praying for his quick recovery.
Alejandro Palombini, 22, was critically injured early Sunday when police said a Jeep Cherokee struck him on his motorcycle near Roswell Road and Interstate 285. Police said the SUV driver kept on going.
“Honestly, he’s just fighting for his life,” close friend Pablo Mario Calvo told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “All he had on was a helmet, so you can imagine the damage.”
Calvo said his friend is an avid soccer player studying for his business degree.
“He’s very family-oriented, hard-working,” he said. “He’s just a really fun, would not hurt a soul.”
Police told Petchenik they’ve recovered surveillance video of the Jeep in question leaving an apartment complex on Roswell Road south of the scene moments before the incident.
“We’ve got at least one passenger in the car, maybe more,” said Capt. Steve Rose. “We think the car was at the apartments for four or five minutes.”
Rose said the passengers have the most to gain by coming forward with information because they are considered witnesses and not party to the crime.
In the meantime, he said detectives are using information gleaned from vehicle parts left at the scene to track down the possible owner of the SUV.
“It gives you something to go on,” he said. “Doesn’t tell you who was in the car at the time.”
Calvo said he’s hopeful someone will step forward with information.
“Whether you were drunk, sober, doesn’t matter,” he said. “What matters now is that you realize this is a kid, young and 22, in the prime of his life. He doesn’t deserve this.”
Police said there’s a reward available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.