Man Hit by Vehicle While Running

Posted at: 04/08/2013 7:05 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department is looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit and injured a Rochester man. The accident happened just after 8 o’clock Sunday night.

Billy Sanderson was running along St. Bridgets Rd. SE when a vehicle turning left hit him head on. His family and law enforcement say it is clear the driver saw him and drove off.

Michelle Sanderson, Billy's wife, says it was still light out as he took a turn off.

"A car that wanted to go left turned and clipped him head on, he said he put his hands out to try to stop  the car from hitting him and it just smashed into his chest, he flew onto the ground and the car just took off," said Sanderson.

Sgt. Tom Claymon with the Olmsted County sheriff's department says Sanderson was out for about a half hour before he was able to make his way to a nearby home.

"There was no way that the driver of that vehicle didn't know they struck this individual," said Sgt. Claymon.

Sanderson says the vehicle must have been an SUV based on the height of it when it him. The sheriff's department is looking for any other information.

"We are looking for the vehicle involved we would like to talk with the driver to get his side of the story," said Sgt. Claymon.

"It makes me sad that they just don't have the heart to stop and come clean, I mean everybody makes mistakes if you do something to another person should come clean," said Sanderson.

Michelle is just happy her husband will be okay.

"It could have been a lot worse and were just thankful, thank god," said Sanderson.

Billy Sanderson was released from the hospital Monday. Law enforcement is asking that anyone with information call the sheriff’s department.