Man hit by a car on 45th St. last week, speaks

Posted at 7:21 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 19:21:54-05

The man hit by a car and left on the side of the road last week, speaks out. Tomas Tzay was hit by a truck on 45th Street in West Palm Beach as he was crossing the road.

Tzay said he's thankful to be alive.

Tomas Tzay said he was in a coma for two days.  He's bruised, battered and in lots of pain. Black and blue all over.

"I remember there was a lot of blood," said Tzay in Spanish.

He's scarred after a hit and run driver left him hospitalized last Sunday.

He said, "A lot of blood, I spent two days in a coma."

Tomas said his eyes, lips and legs still hurt a week after he was hit.  He can't believe the driver in the white SUV kept going and still hasn't come forward.

The story all too familiar for Ashley Southard.  She nearly died after she was hit crossing the street in Jupiter last year on Christmas Eve.

"I remember getting to the cross walk that night, but don't remember anything after that and then I remember waking up January 6 in the hospital," said Southard

Her road to recovery continues. Therapy once a week and she has regular doctor visits.

The driver who hit her was never caught and she fears he never will be.  Her case, now inactive.

"Why do they get Christmas with their family last year and New Years when I was in a coma. That's not fair," she said.

Personal injury attorney Edwin Ferguson, of the Ferguson Firm, said though penalties for hit and run drivers, got tougher this year. And hit and run numbers haven’t decreased.

6,000 hit and run cases involving pedestrians have been reported so far this year in Palm Beach County.  Ferguson said hit and run drivers don’t stop for a lot of reasons.

"I guess they honestly could have not realized they struck someone, It was fairly dark that night," said Ferguson. "Two, they could have panicked and maybe because, they don't have a license, or two, their license was suspended because of them not maintaining insurance, three, maybe they were impaired, who knows."

West Palm Beach police are still looking for the driver of the white SUV.