Hit and run victim wants driver to come forward


by Gene Kang


Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 8:01 PM

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A victim of a hit and run accident in Hardin County wants answers.

His family is determined to have the driver come forward.

Bobby Wright is described as hardworking family man who has owned a tow truck service for more than 50 years. He was helping someone Monday night when a white Grand Jeep Cherokee ran over him on US 31W.

Bobby said, "It could have killed me and the way I see it the guy kept on driving."

Wright is in bed with a shattered ankle and bruised arm. Just 24 hours ago, he was on the side of the road after a hit and run crash.

Bobby and Bonny, his wife of 52 years, responded to a AAA call to help a person locked out of their car around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

It was pitch black. They thought they bumped into another car on US 31W just five miles south of Elizabethtown.

That's when Bobby got out of his SUV and suddenly was hit by a white Grand Jeep Cherokee traveling in the wrong lane of US 31W.

"It knocked me down. I got a hard lick and hit me hard plum down on the ground," Bobby said.

"The car did not slow down or nothing. He just kept going. He didn't care if he was alive or dead," Bonnie said.

Detectives recovered the driver's side mirror with a unique gold-colored tint. Hardin County's Sheriff tracked the number on the side. They're looking for the driver of a white Grand Jeep Cherokee who could face felony charges, if caught.

Charlie Williams, Hardin County Sheriff, said, "The failure to render aid and hit and run would be two of them that he would be charged with."

On Tuesday night, the Wright family says the worst part is that a loving grandfather and hardworking man has to suffer.

Charlene Clayton, Bobby's sister-in-law, said, "It's very sad. They should think of their own family maybe it would be their dad or husband."

"Maybe they'll catch him and give him a good talking to you know he shouldn't have run you know," said Bobby.

If you see a white Grand Jeep Cherokee with a missing driver's side mirror, call Hardin County Sheriff at 270-765-5133.