Good Samaritan helps man hurt in hit-and-run accident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 20, 2015)- A man was hit by a driver and left on the side of the road Sunday night.

Johnny Rivera, 45, was walking along Mills Avenue when someone hit him. The driver never stopped to help.

“You don’t hit a person and try to kill them and then just leave them by the wayside,” said Alicia Rivera, the victim’s aunt.

Rivera says her nephew was walking home and he had about a mile to go before he was hit.

“He should’ve at least stopped to give him the help he needed because he had been hurt and he could’ve died there bleeding to death,” said Rivera.

Rivera believes her nephew was hurt on the side of the road for about 20 minutes until a stranger stopped to help him.

“A lady came by later and asked if he needed help and he said, ‘Please call an ambulance for me and call 911 because I’ve been hit,’” said Rivera.

According to the police report, officers could tell Rivera had been drinking and noted that he was wearing dark clothes. Investigators are working on getting a vehicle description.

Rivera’s family told FOX59 that the 45-year-old has been through surgery and that he has multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle.

No matter how long it takes, the family wants the driver off the streets.

“It makes me angry because I’m afraid he’s going to do this again. It’s going to happen to someone else, maybe even a child because it’s in a neighborhood where there are a lot of children in there,” said Rivera.

Instead of anger, she is choosing to focus on appreciation for the stranger who had a heart.

“She didn’t need to stop but she did stop. She’s a good Christian woman-- she has to be because you don’t turn your back on someone in need of help,” said Rivera.

If you know anything that could help police track down the driver you’re asked to call IMPD.

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