Victim of Norfolk hit-and-run speaks out from his hospital bed


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was the victim of a weekend hit-and-run agreed to speak to 10 On Your Side from his hospital room.

59-year-old Nathaniel Thornton was walking home Sunday night when he was hit and then run over by a truck. It was just after 8 p.m. at the end of a long work day. The driver never stopped.

“He left me for dead sure enough,” Thornton said. “The man must have been crazy man, to do something like that and not stop.”

Thornton says doctors had to put a metal rod in his leg after it was crushed by the truck.

“There wasn’t anything I could do after he knocked me back,” Thornton added. “I lost balance and everything and before I knew it he was rolling over on top of me.”

The truck’s tires somehow missed Thornton’s head, but the bones in his leg were crushed.

“When I tried to lift my leg, I could feel my bones were broken,” Thornton added. “I said ‘oh lord please don’t take my feelings from me where I can’t walk no more.'”

Doctors say Thornton will need months of physical therapy.

“I just wanted to get up so bad, to get somebody to run that truck down, because I wanted that dude right there and then,” Thornton said.

Thornton believes the truck was light gold or tan. He was only able to see the front grill, but he says it looked like a pickup truck or SUV.

“I don’t know why the dude didn’t stop,” Thornton asked. “He must have had no license or something illegal in the truck or something.”

He and his family are hoping someone can help police find the driver who left him for dead.

“I want the guy caught so he could be punished for what he did,” Thornton said.

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