Family of hit-and-run victim pleads for community help - Tucson News Now

Family of hit-and-run victim pleads for community help

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The family of a woman hit by a truck in Tucson, is pleading with our community to help find the driver.

The accident happened on September 28 on East Alturas Street, near Grant and Oracle. 

“They were giving me medicine and it was helping a little bit, but boy was it hurting. There was a lot hurting,” victim, Vicki Harrington, uses sign language to explain what happened.

Harrington was born deaf after her mother contracted German Measles while she was pregnant. Everyday life before the accident was challenging enough. But her sisters say she is strong and very independent. Harrington stocks groceries at a local Fry’s.

“In my heart, she’s the bravest person I know in the world,” Vicki’s older sister, Maryam Mir said.

Last Wednesday around 5 p.m. Harrington was walking home on Alturas Street, crossing Oracle when Tucson Police say the driver of a black pick-up truck hit her and took off, leaving her on the pavement.

“She had scrapes and road rash all over, she had broken her leg in two places. She had broken her ribs in three places and internal bleeding,” Vicki’s younger sister, Kathryn Blanco said.
 
Harrington’s family rushed to the emergency room to be by her side, but they were angered to learn that the person who did this left the scene.

“Does he realize the extent of the damage that’s been created? Because it’s not just Vicki getting hurt, it’s also her home that’s in jeopardy,” Blanco said.

The family said her home is in jeopardy because of mounting medical bills and for the time being, Harrington cannot work. As she continues her physical therapy, her family is hoping someone in our community will remember something – and help turn the driver in.

“We’re not vindictive or anything. We want to know what happened, for the person to be honest and come forward,” Mir said.

According to Tucson Police, Vicki was not in a marked crosswalk, but they are searching for the hit-and-run driver. He’s described as a Hispanic man, 18 to 24 years old with a goatee. He was driving a black, extended cab truck with pinstripes and chrome rims.

If you have any information about this hit-and-run, you’re asked to call 88-CRIME.

Vicki’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses,

Vicki’s family said if anyone would like to send her a card, you can address it to the Life Care Center of Tucson, 6211 N. La Cholla Boulevard.

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