URBANA — Jason Doggett’s family says they have some words for a hit-and-run driver. It happened early Saturday at Carle Hospital.
The 43-year old was working as a window washer when a pickup truck hit him. Investigators say it’d been reported stolen just a couple weeks ago. But the good news is, they found it.
They say it had significant front-end damage consistent with injuries Doggett received. They found it Saturday night in the 1400-block of Beech Street, after someone who lives there noticed the damage and called police.
That’s one piece of the puzzle, but now Doggett’s family is wondering, where’s the driver?
“What would I personally say to the driver?”
In a situation when words are scarce, Jason Doggett’s fiancee still finds the strength to send a message.
“Why did you completely run him down like he was a piece of garbage and keep going and not care? Who does that? He’s a father and soon to be a husband and a grandfather and a son and a brother. He’s not a piece of trash you can just run over.”
The critical care unit will be Doggett’s home for a while. Until he’s out, Rabecca Feik and the rest of his family will be waiting. Doctors say he may need surgery, but that can’t happen until he’s stabilized.
“We’re just trying to stay positive and stay busy and pray. A lot.”
The accident happened in almost the same place Doggett is now. His family says dozens of relatives came to visit over the weekend. Feik only hopes the driver goes to visit the police.
“No negativity. We don’t want people saying, ‘What an SOB,’ or things like that. We’re not that kind of family. When Jason wakes up, ’cause we believe he’s going to wake up, he can say, ‘Man there’s a lot of people this affected,’ or ‘There’s a lot of people that care.’ We want him to have positive things to look at and read, and things like that.”
Doggett’s family set up an online donation page to help with his medical costs. Police say the pickup truck was impounded after they found it, but of course, they say they’re still looking for information that could lead to the driver’s arrest.
This is the second unsolved hit-and-run in that area within a month. On August 27, 54-year old Jeff Stacy was hit just a few blocks away. He died days later.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.