Police investigate after man hit by car


CHARLESTON, Ill. (WICA) — A man is recovering after he was hit by a car over the weekend. Police are still looking for the driver.

The hit and run happened on 5th Street near Jackson Avenue. The driver hit Nate Lee, got out of the car, then got back in and drove off. Lee has some bruising and soreness on his shoulder and hip, but he’s doing okay. He’s already back at work. But, in that moment, he says he was struggling.

“Started about halfway across the cross walk when I heard… I had seen a car down the road a little ways, didn’t think anything of it, you know, I’m at a stop sign, cross walk and everything,” said Lee. “I got about halfway across the lane when I heard them lock the breaks up. I took two big strides, knew I wasn’t gonna make it, so I just jumped and kindof football tucked and bounced off the hood and windshield.”

Despite the initial shock, Lee knew he needed to remember what he saw.

“I was trying to get my bearings together. I couldn’t really see the license plate. I was still pretty dizzy, but I work in the automotive world I’ve been around cars my entire life, so it was pretty easy to recognize what kindof car it was.”

He saw a metallic blue Ford Focus and says the driver got out of the car and looked at him, and said a few things. But the woman took off without helping. Despite the hit, Lee says, he’s doing okay.

“Maybe some bruising on my hip, on my shoulder blade. I was pretty stiff for the first few days,” said Lee.

While he recovers, he’s just happy to have his community watching out for him.

“I’ve got a bunch of people that are looking for this vehicle already, not just here in Charleston, but Mattoon, surrounding towns and stuff like that, so I’m pretty grateful for that.”

Police are looking into what businesses and homes have security cameras near where this happened so they can get a clearer idea of the suspect. Leaving the scene after hitting someone could be a felony, but it will fall in the Coles County State’s Attorney’s hands to decide on charges.

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