Runnells Man Survives Hit-and-Run, Police Searching for Driver Who Fled Scene

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ALTOONA, Iowa – A Runnells man is recovering after a serious hit-and-run accident occurred Friday in Altoona.

Police say 51-year-old Wayne Patterson was on his Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west on 8th Street Southeast in Altoona.

A red pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the motorcycle, sending Patterson to the hospital.

“I remember hitting the brakes and hearing a crunch, but I don`t remember anything after that until I was waking up in the ambulance,” said Patterson.

As he lay in the street, the driver of the red pickup truck sped off.

“I don`t understand how anyone could care so little about another human that they would just drive off not knowing if they were OK or not," said Patterson. "It saddens me."

Patterson shattered both wrists, fractured his back in five places, and broke his eye socket and cheek bone.

“I could have been lying there depending on his phone call whether I was going to live or not," said Patterson. "I just hope people see this and don`t make that same mistake."

His family is devastated after the crash, a father and husband left in the street.

“I was hurt, thinking that someone could have just left my husband on the road to die," said Patterson’s wife, Sara. "Someone that I love and cherish, they didn`t care anything about."

While Patterson wants justice, he wants to focus on himself first.

"I know me and I’m not going to give up until I’m back to 100 percent," said Patterson. "It`s going to be some life-changing things for the family, but we`re family and we`ll get through it."

In spite of the injuries and the six-month recovery time, Sara says her family is blessed.

“That was one of the most important things for me was to know that I still have my best friend,” said Sara.

The Altoona police are still investigating the crash and do not have a suspect. They are looking for the driver of the red pickup truck and say it should have serious damage to the driver's side.

If you know anything about this truck or the driver, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.