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'Turn yourself in': Family calls for justice after man seriously injured by hit-and-run driver

'We're hurting, because he's a person that cares; he's a person that gives,' victim's daughter says
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Posted at 1:29 PM, Dec 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-29 18:41:41-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — The family of a 70-year-old man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver Monday evening while attending a vigil is pleading for the driver to come forward.

One minute Bishop Bernard Wright was live streaming on Facebook at a vigil remembering Stanley Davis III one year after his death. Moments after he finished, he was hit by a car while walking across Federal Highway in Boynton Beach.

On Thursday, Wright's family held a news conference to provide an update on his condition and to ask for the community's help in locating the driver.

"He has a long road to recovery but it's a critical process. Being that he's 70-years-old he took a very bad beating," Jannerral Wright, the victim's daughter, said. "Our intent is to bring closure to this situation by finding out who hit him and his care."

Jannerral Wright said her father sustained serious injuries in the crash and has undergone numerous surgeries.

WATCH: Bernard Wright's family holds news conference

Bernard Wright's family holds news conference

"As of right now he had an upper left femur that was broken, he had a left ankle that was broken, he had a right leg that was displaced outside of the flesh; it was broken in a different couple places, and he had a right wrist that was broken," she said.

Wright's daughter said the family is devastated and suffering emotionally from the incident.

"We're hurting. We're hurting, because he's a person that cares, he's a person that gives, he's a person that fights," Jannerral Wright said.

What's disappointed her the most out of this situation, she said, is that no one from the community has come up to the hospital to support her family.

Stanley Davis III memorial in Boynton Beach, March 1, 2022
Site of a memorial for Stanley Davis III on North Federal Highway in Boynton Beach.

"I need the community that he has rallied for to get behind us and rally for him as hard as he rallies for you guys," Jannerral Wright said.

During the news conference, Boynton Beach police also provided an update on their investigation.

"We have been working day and night, trying to get as many leads to try and find the vehicle and the driver involved in this case," Traffic Unit Sgt. Chris Munro said. "In cases like these, the community's assistance is greatly appreciated."

Munro said they're looking at local cameras in the area, they've had a few tips called in, and there's no indication speeding was involved.

WATCH: Boynton Beach police provides update in hit-and-run investigation

Boynton Beach police provide update into hit-and-run

Wright's daughter had one message for the driver who struck her father.

"An accident only becomes intent when you know something has happened and you don't take corrective measures to clean up the mess that you have made," said Jannerral Wright. "Turn yourself in, come forward."

Wright's wife also attended the news conference but did not want to speak.

Anyone with information regarding the crash or the whereabouts of the person driving a white, newer model Chevrolet Camaro with front end damage and a missing passenger side view mirror, should call Officer Mastro at 561-742-6100.