SEATTLE — A skateboarder hit by a car and left for dead.
The victim, Elias Krom, said Tuesday from his hospital bed that if it weren’t for some Good Samaritans in the right place at the right time, he’s convinced he wouldn’t have made it.
“I’m in the most pain I’ve ever felt in my whole entire life,” Krom said.
The 22-year-old was the victim of a hit-and-run early Sunday morning while he was skateboarding across Airport Way South near Alaska Street in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.
“I turned to my right and just BANG! I had no idea what just happened, it happened so fast,” Krom said.
Witness Elliott Carr said, “All we saw was something fly up and a body rolling.”
Carr happened to be nearby with friends.
The impact broke off the driver’s side mirror.
Carr and the others did what they could to comfort Krom.
“My spleen was split and I kept on having these crazy spasms. I didn’t know what to do, it was so horrible,” he said.
Krom already has had one surgery to fix his arm and he can barely move his right hand.
“He just hit me 60-70 miles an hour and he never stopped. That’s horrible,” Krom said.
But he’s counting his blessings too..
“I could have been left for dead if it wasn’t for those witnesses,” he said. “I’m lucky that they got there and came and saved me because if they didn’t, I probably would have bled out.”
Krom said he hopes the driver will do the right thing and come forward.
Take a look at the car police are looking for — they think the suspect was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry. It probably has a broken mirror on the driver’s side.
If you know anything that can help detectives — call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.