HIT AND RUN: Victim Forgives Driver
The driver in a serious hit and run accident in Des Moines almost two weeks ago has turned himself in. And it turns out, he feels worse about the accident than his victim.
“I don’t know. I can’t explain it.” says victim Kendra Cantelope, “I feel like everyone around me had been angry enough for me. And, I don’t know. I can’t explain it. It’s very bizarre.”
As Cantelope recovers from broken bones and a collapsed lung, she says she isn’t mad at the person who hit her while she was jogging November 18th then drove off. Forty-one-year-old Robert Edmonds turned himself in Thursday. His attorney says Edmunds felt so bad about what he did he tried to take his own life.
“He didn’t realize the jogger was there.” Attorney Peter Berger explains, It was nighttime. We believe she was headed in the same direction and he realized he had hit her and panicked and left the scene and went home and tried to take his own life. He felt so horrible about what he did.”
Berger says Edmonds would like to apologize to Cantelope. She is willing to listen to him. “He has to live with this as much as I do. And if he is genuine I don’t want him to carry this around his whole life. Because I’m not going to.” Cantelope explains, “So maybe that’s why I am not very angry with him. I think I forgave him already.”