Cleveland man speaks out after surviving hit and run accident

Published: Feb. 9, 2023 at 12:19 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2023 at 12:31 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police are looking for the driver who seriously injured a man in a hit-skip on Cleveland’s West Side last month.

The accident happened on Warren Road near Triskett Avenue around 10 p.m. on Jan. 26.

Police said Jay Carlton was riding his bike in the curb lane when he was struck from behind.

Carlton told 19 News it took 15 minutes before anyone stopped to help him.

“I am cussing up a storm, I am laying on the ground and I am trying to recall what type of vehicle it was,” said Carlton. “I am thinking, ‘oh man, what’s going to happen to me, I don’t know.”

The suspect continued traveling north and did not stop, according to police.

Video of the crash was captured on a Ring doorbell camera and released by police.

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Carlton said he is thankful for the man who eventually called 911.

According to him, it’s the same man who turned over the Ring doorbell video to police in the hopes of tracking down the driver.

Carlton said he has a hard time even taking a shower and is on medication for the pain, but knows it could have been much worse.

“I imagine from my experience, a quarter inch one way or the other I would have either been paralyzed or dead,” said Carlton.

Carlton said it can take up to eight months before he is finally healed.

As he recovers, Carlton has a message for the person who hit him.

“I just hope they realize that karma will catch up with them,” said Carlton

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.