Posted: Mar 18, 2013 6:29 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 18, 2013 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A bicycle rider who was the victim of a hit & run driver this past weekend is still in the hospital.
Richard Leshin says he was on his way to meet with some friends Saturday morning. They planned to go on a group bike ride. Leshin says he was on Ocean Drive when he heard a vehicle come up from behind. He tried to move over but he was hit. The driver fled the scene.
Based on evidence found at the scene, police believe he was hit by a silver 2012 Ford Focus. The car they are looking for would have damage to the front passenger side.
Leshin suffered a broken ankle and two broken vertebrae on his spine.
"There is no question at all that I'm lucky to be alive. I'm lucky that it wasn't worse. I mean, just to think I could have been paralyzed or in worse shape that I am," said Leshin.
Leshin says he remembers the day of the hit and run very well. He was meeting up with friends like any other weekend to go on a group bike ride.
"The next thing I knew I was being hit and falling on the ground," said Leshin.
He says he was screaming for help when his friends came up and called 911. Leshin says the driver just kept on going and didn't stop to help him.
"That is the worst. I mean if a person would have made a mistake, I would halfway.... I don't know if I would accept it, but it would be a little more tolerable. But to leave the scene? That's not good. At all," said Leshin.
So while he's sitting in a hospital bed recovering from his injuries, he has one simple request for drivers.
"Watch out for the bicyclists. They're exposed," said Leshin.
After this experience, Leshin says there is a good chance he will never ride his bike on the streets again.
"It's not worth the recovery of the injuries to go through. Or the exposure to the ones that could happen," said Leshin.
Leshin will need months of physical therapy, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He hopes to be released from the hospital by tomorrow.
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