Hit-and-run victim speaks out as investigators search for driver


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Anita Jones spends her days laying in bed and watching television. By no choice of her own, it has become her new reality.

“I can’t play with my grandchild, and won’t be able to for a while,” said Jones. “I’m probably out of work for at least six months.”

Her left leg is broken, her right ankle is broken in three places, and her mind is churning with unanswered questions. 

“How [did this happen]? How could you do that? And why?” said Jones.

It was supposed to be a normal Wednesday. May 22nd was the date. Jones was crossing the street at the intersection of 6th Ave. S. and 20th St. S. when a car came around the corner and hit her. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so terrified and scared in my entire life,” said Jones. “I was absolutely scared to death.”

Sgt. John Pennington with Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama confirms to CBS 42 that the driver, a man estimated to be in his 50’s, did not stop after hitting Jones. The driver’s vehicle was described by witnesses as being a red Chrysler 300. Investigators are now seeking the public’s help to track the driver down. 

“There’s still an opportunity to make things right and it still needs to be made right,” said Sgt. Pennington. “Whoever is responsible for this needs to be held accountable.”

Weeks later, Jones is still in a lot of pain. But to her, the wound that stings the most is that of being left behind in the middle of the road. 

“Just how he left me there,” said Jones. “And why. I just don’t think i could have done that [to someone else]. Why did you just leave me there?”

If you have any information regarding the incident, you’re encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.

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