If you ask Kevin Kelly how many stitches he has in his eyebrow or his cheek, he will give you an honest answer: He doesn’t remember. But then, he doesn’t remember a lot about how he got those stitches either.
“I heard a car behind me. I felt the impact, and then I just completely blacked out. I woke up in pain,” Kelly said.
Kelly said he was riding his bike in a bike lane on his way to work when he was hit by a car. The driver didn’t stop.
“In the walk back to the trauma room you think about, and try to prepare yourself for what you are going to see. And it was terrifying because he was lying there, and couldn’t move his head, and there was blood all over his face,” said Amanda Kelly, Kevin’s daughter.
Zinfandel Drive in Rancho Cordova can be a busy street, especially during the weekday commute. But what troubles his family so much is not that whoever hit Kelly didn’t stop, it’s that no one did.
Kelly says he woke up in a puddle of his own blood with headlights shining over him. But car after car drove on. It was he who himself finally had to call for help.
“I realize that nobody was going to help me, so I crawl back to my backpack and found my phone,” Kelly said.
His family calls that the biggest injustice of all.
“[We’re] extremely sad and hurt, considering how much he’s done for his community. If there was a burning car, or a woman changing her tire, he was always the first one to stop,” Amanda said.
Rancho Cordova Police are looking for the driver who hit Kevin Kelly. But without any of his memories of what the car looked like, that search has very little chance of success.
Kelly’s family is asking anyone who did see anything that day to come forward and give their information to police. But, more than that, they’re asking anyone else who sees an accident like the one that injured Kevin Kelly to pull over and help.