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Woman in wheelchair and fiance struck by hit and run driver

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A Fort Wayne couple says somebody had to have seen the person who hit them and took off as the man pushed his fiancee in her wheelchair.

“I watched her get hit, I watched her flip in the air, I watched her get thrown,” Joshua Jenson says.

Jenson says Saturday night at about 10:15, he was pushing his fiancee Nichole Price in her wheelchair along Decatur Road near Anthony Boulevard, when a car came from behind and hit them, sending them flying.

“Felt it hit me and then next thing I know I’m waking up on the ground,” she says.

Legally blind, Joshua wasn’t able to get the plate number.

They say not only did the driver who hit them not stop while Nichole was on the ground, neither did the half-dozen other vehicles in the area at the time.

“I didn’t even know what actually had happened. I could have been dead, anything. And they just, they didn’t care,” she says.

They say one woman eventually stopped to ask if they were okay.

They’re still not.

“l can’t do my laundry, I can’t wash my dishes, I can’t cook my family dinner. All because you felt the need to speed down the road and then not stop,” Nichole says.

“I think I have more emotional scarring. I relive watching her fly through the air and get hit every single night when I sleep,” Joshua tells us.

“There’s not always going to be charges, but if you don’t stop, there certainly will be,” Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says.

She says accidents do happen, but says drivers need to own up to them.

“There’s really no excuse for not stopping. It’s really a problem. We’ve had a few accidents like that in the past few years that have caused injury. And that’s concerning, as well. I mean, people get really seriously injured,” she says.

Nichole and Joshua say although they’re in a lot of pain, they’re cautiously venturing out again because neither of them can drive.

A nearby church loaned a wheelchair because Nichole’s is ruined.

They say it would help them heal if the hit and run driver turns him or herself in.

“Have a little bit of human decency. It’s not like you hit a car or a mailbox, you hit two people,” Josh says.

If you saw this hit and run Saturday evening on Decatur Road near Anthony Boulevard, or you’ve seen a mid-size, black SUV that’s missing a side mirror, call Crimestoppers at 436-STOP — that’s 436-7867.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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