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Forgiveness for allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver who critically injured city man

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A husband and father of four continues to fight for his life, while his wife says she forgives the woman who critically injured him.

“My problem, whether she was drinking or not, is she left my husband to die,” Brittany Stier says.

Brittany stier says Saturday afternoon, a woman on West Cook Road turned in front of her husband Preston, who hit the back of her car with his motorcycle.

She says the female driver ran off, but was followed by people who saw the crash, and eventually surrendered to police.

Stier got the dreaded call at home, where she was resting after not feeling well.

“Knowing that I was supposed to be with him, and obviously God was telling me something because I should have been with him and I wasn’t,” she says.

The father of four young children, Preston Stier’s prognosis is hour-to-hour.

Doctors removed half his skull, but his brain continues to swell, and he remains in a medically induced coma in a hospital’s intensive care unit.

“He’s got 17 contusions, they found some fractures on the left side of his skull this morning with some clotting. And the right side of his brain is severely swelled,” Stier says.

Even with that, Stier says she forgives the allegedly drunk woman who hit him.

“She’s going to be the one who has to live with what she did. I can get my husband a new bike, he can get better, as long as he does get better. But you’re going to have to live knowing that you either killed a man and took a father and a husband away or knowing that you left him. But I forgive you because that’s the right thing to do,” she says.

Stier says she’s been overwhelmed with people’s messages on social media, as well as motorcycle club members who’ve provided food for her family and haven’t left her side since the crash happened.

“All I want to do is hear his voice, and then when I hold his hand I want him to hold it back. I’m trying to keep it together because he is my rock and now I don’t feel like I have that because he’s the one I need to be strong for, but he’s always the one strong for me,” she says.

Stier wanted to talk with us to plead for drivers to be alert on the road, especially since May is Motorcycle Awareness month.

We are not naming the woman who police say hit him because she has not been charged in the crash.

However, if it is the woman that sources close to the investigation tell us is responsible, she does have a history of drunk driving.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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