Driver sought in hit-and-run

CONYERS — The Conyers Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a car who struck a stranded motorist early Sunday morning and left the injured man on the roadside.

A Conyers Police officer on routine patrol Sunday around 4 a.m. discovered a 21-year-old Covington man with a severe leg injury on the Salem Road entrance ramp to Interstate 20 westbound.

Officer Stephen Blanchette reported that he saw a Toyota Corolla stopped at the bottom of the entrance ramp with the headlights on and the hood up. When he got out to investigate, Blanchette reported that he heard a loud moan and discovered the victim lying on top of the interstate wall, about 30 feet from the car.

Blanchette reported that he had an authorized rider in his vehicle who was an Army combat medic. The medic provided first aid to the victim while waiting on emergency personnel to arrive.

The victim was taken by air ambulance to an Atlanta area hospital.

Public Information Officer Kim Lucas said Wednesday the victim’s condition is stable and improving, although he is in a medically-induced coma.

Lucas said the victim, who was alone in the car, was unable to give much information to officers at the time he was found.

“He was conscious at the time the officer discovered him; however, obviously, he was in a lot of pain and really couldn’t say what had happened to him,” said Lucas. “I don’t think he knew what had occurred. The officer who discovered him estimates that he had been there 30 minutes or so.”

In addition to a broken leg, the victim suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to the incident report.

Lucas said police have determined that the car that hit the victim is an off-white Cadillac Deville between the model years 2000 and 2005. The vehicle has damage to the front passenger side, including a missing side-view mirror and broken headlamp.

Anyone with information about the identity of the hit-and-run driver is asked to contact Conyers Police at 770-785-3700. Those who want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.