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Victim's sister speaks after hit and run in on St. Joe Road

A victim and his family are looking for answers after a hit and run lands him in the hospital with severe injuries. Right now there are no leads as to who did it.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 11:44 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2020 11:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- It started with what was supposed to be a quick casual walk Saturday night, but it turned tragic Joseph Jakacky.

"This is the best that we could kind of piece together what happened. He came down Parkdale and turned on St. Joe Road, and was walking in the front yards on St. Joe Road when he was struck," Joseph's sister Tricia King said.

A man was hit by car on St. Joe Road Saturday - Photo Provided

Tricia King speaks on behalf of her brother who is in the hospital now with a brain injury, unable to stand on his own and has lost hearing in one of his ears.

"We don't know how long he was laying there. We don't know at what time he was struck," she explained.

She and her daughter went to the scene the next day hoping to get some clues.

"We also found where there was a large round puddle of blood where his head was resting for we don't know how long. There was a lot of blood, fresh blood and you could tell that's where he had landed after being struck. You can see where the tracks veer back on the road," King said.

King said if it wasn't for one young woman stopping, there's no telling what his fate would have been.

She said the woman stayed with her brother until emergency crews arrived despite the circumstances.

Now King is hoping the person that hit Jakacky will do the right thing.

They have no leads on who did it or the time the actual accident happened on Saturday.

"We really want to thank her. Despite her being so young, being a female and being alone, I meant it's lit up over there, but still you're alone. We want to thank her for having the courage to stop to help him," she explained.

If you'd like to help Jakacky with immediate cost for care. Go here.

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