Berks County hit-and-run survivor demands justice
Updated On: Mar 31 2014 04:53:03 AM CDT
Twenty-one-year-old Mark Stitzer spent two days in the hospital, and he'll wear a back brace for months.
The Wernersville, Berks County man has nine bulging disks and four compression fractures in his spine.
"It's a miracle I'm even walking with how bad my back really is," he said.
Last Saturday around 9 p.m., Stitzer was riding his motorcycle on 9th Street in Reading when he says a car in the left lane next to him cut him off near the intersection with Franklin Street.
"It was almost like he wanted to get around the guy in front of him as soon as possible, whipped it almost right into my lane and his car was far enough cocked that really it took up the whole lane," Stitzer explained. "There was nothing for me to do other than try to stop."
He downshifted and hit the brakes. His tires locked up and his bike started skidding.
"I was within a foot of the back of his car and it was a really split second decision, I was either going to hit him and fly over, or lay the bike down," shared Stitzer.
He laid his bike down and his body slid for about 15 feet. His head slammed into the tire of a car parked along the side of the road.
"From that moment, I had immediate and intense pain in my back," Stitzer described. "Probably the worst pain I ever felt."
He was taken to the hospital, and has a long recovery ahead of him. He'll know in a few weeks if he needs to have back surgery for his injuries.
"We're hoping that it all heals," said Stitzer. "Just kind of taking it day by day at this point."
Reading Police are investigating the accident. Stitzer says the driver who caused the wreck didn't stick around after it happened and was in a dark blue four-door sedan.
"He cut me off, no turn signals, he passed on the right and caused a pretty severe accident," he said.
Stitzer and his family just want the driver to take responsibility for the crash. His siblings are even offering a cash reward.
"Right now it's at $600, anything, any information that helps lead to the persons, to their coming forward and facing the music for what they did for me."
If you know anything, please call Reading Police.
Copyright 2014 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WWII vet shoots wife, kills self, Allentown police say
2nd truck drops into sinkhole in Bethlehem Twp. neighborhood
Survivor of deadly crash: 'It happened in the blink of an eye'
Man struck, trapped by leaf collector in Kutztown
State police seek missing Palmerton teen
Education fund set up for crash victim's young sons
Trucker charged in crash that killed 2, injured 9 on Route 222
Local residents urged to be on alert for high levels of deadly gas
High radon levels found in Lehigh Co. community; DEP urges testing
Cher cancels December 2nd date at PPL Center