Update (June 1, 2016): Foist pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. He was sentenced to serve 14 days in the HCJ (credit time of 2+2 days to be applied); followed by 90 days on work release at the Hendricks County work release center; followed by 90 days home detention. Probation of 536 days to commence after home detention is completed.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 31, 2015)-- A Brownsburg man had to have part of his leg amputated after a driver hit him and took off.
On Friday, Mark Wilson was riding his Harley on 136 in Brownsburg when he says a driver slammed into him and kept on driving.
“I just started saying to myself I’m going to be hit, I’m going be hit, I’m going be hit,’” remembers Mark Wilson, hit-and-run victim.
At least two people stopped to help Wilson when he was on the side of the street. They helped to keep him calm and called 911.
“I knew I was in trouble. Things are not going to end well,” says Wilson.
Wilson has road rash on his arm but the most serious injuries were to his right leg. Doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee.
“In a strange way God does things in his time and in his manner,” says Wilson.
While Wilson has been working to get better, investigators have been working the scene. Police found just what they needed to track down the driver. They found a piece of car debris. On that piece was the car’s VIN number.
“And there it lies with basically the automobile fingerprint laying there at the feet of the scene of the crime. How does that happen? It’s a God thing, that’s why I’m a man of belief,” says Wilson.
Police ran the VIN number and tracked down the suspect, Allen Foist. Court papers reveal he admitted to officers that he hit something but he thought it was the curb. Foist has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries.
“I do forgive him, that’s just the nature of who I am,” says Wilson.
The almost 50-year-old man is going to have to learn how to walk all over again, but he’s up for the challenge. Although his leg might not be as strong as it used to, his heart and his spirit are stronger than ever.
“There have been too many positives, too many things that have happened to see a potentially good fitting end to what could’ve been a tragic story,” says Wilson.
Wilson will be recovering in the hospital for at least another six weeks. He’s made it very clear to doctors that he has a golfing trip planned in Myrtle Beach in October with 10 of his closest friends. He is determined to make his tee time.