Police searching for hit-and-run driver who left man in coma

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CONYERS, Ga. - Police need help finding the hit-and-run driver who seriously hurt a man.
 

The man hurt in the crash is in a medically induced coma. Investigators said he got hit after his car broke down on the interstate in Conyers.
 
The victim’s cousin said she’s angry after learning he was left bleeding on the side of the interstate after a hit and run.
 
"[I have] a little anger that someone could possibly hurt somebody and not try to see about them or just own up to what they've done," said Whitney Caslin.
 
Police said 21-year-old Isaac Akwara's Toyota Corolla broke down at the Interstate 20 on ramp from Salem Road around 4 a.m. Sunday. That's when someone side-swiped his car and slammed into him.
 
"[The impact] carried him 30 feet in front of that location,” said Kim Lucas with the Conyers Police Department. “There, 30 minutes from the time of impact to when the officer located him."
 
Akwara suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
 
The damage to the car, the dents and the scratches pale in comparison to the damage done to the victim. But police said the impact to the car left a key piece of evidence on the scene.
 
"A side view mirror and a piece of a headlamp were right there at the scene,” Lucas said.
 
Police said the mirror was part of a white or pearl colored 2000 to 2005 Cadillac DeVille. The car should have damage to the front passenger side.
 
"Unless they've had the vehicle repaired. In which case we ask that any body shops or anything would remember who brought this in,” Lucas said.
 
The victim's family said he is in a medically induced coma due to the pain.
 
"You never know what's going to happen to you or your family members until it happens,” Caslin said.
 
A former Army medic applying for a position on the force happened to be riding with the officer who found the victim. He was able to give first aid until an ambulance arrived.
 
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver is asked to call CrimeStoppers or Conyers police.



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