HIT AND RUN VICTIM’S MESSAGE TO DRIVER: ‘They have to account for their actions’
HIT and run victim Johnnie Walker has forgiven the unknown driver that left him incapacitated, but he still wants answers.
The Nerang man was struck by a car on Wuraga Rd, Bahrs Scrub in the evening of December 14 last year, which left him with multiple fractures and broken bones, severe bruising and needing several blood transfusions.
The 63-year-old spent three months recovering in hospital and never regained the use of his left arm.
On the evening he was hit Mr Walker was walking home from preaching at a church in Beenleigh, a 7km trip that usually takes about an hour and a half.
He doesn’t remember much of what happened, but he remembers waking up in hospital hours later, having the blood washed out of his hair.
“I started to walk home – just walking and talking with God. Prayer talk,” Mr Walker said.
“From what I understand the car hit me head on, while I was walking home from Beenleigh to my place at Bahrs Scrub.
“The first car (that went past) was a woman that heard my screams. The second car was the offending car.
“The clavicle itself was decimated. The collar bone was broken, the humerus was broken.
“I can’t tell you anything (about what happened), all I can tell you is early in the morning, they were washing blood out of my hair, and I wasn’t feeling too good.
“(It was) painful, sensations I can’t really put my hands on. I knew I was in a lot of trouble.
“The loss of blood was quite horrific.”
Despite a significant investigation including a media campaign, police still don’t have answers.
Police have released footage of the event in the hopes of identifying the driver of the car, which is described as a white Ford Ranger or Mazda cab-chassis ‘space cab’, or similar model.
Mr Walker and police are hopeful this renewed push will see someone come forward with answers.
“To any other person that had witnessed that, if they saw anything, or heard anything, if they come forward to the police, that would be much appreciated,” Mr Walker said.
“I myself, being of the Christian mind, I forgive, of course, but they do have to account for their actions. I hope that person, he or she, comes forward.”
Acting Sergeant Cathy Brown said the investigation is ongoing.
“It is important to raise awareness of such events, hopefully resulting in a vital piece of information being provided,” Acting Sergeant Brown said.
“Johnnie has endured months of recovery from injuries sustained and we are asking anyone with information that may bring closure of this matter to come forward.”
Hit and run victim Johnnie Walker displays scars on his arm.