It’s been an emotional few days for 20-year-old Kayley Palmer and her family.
Palmer is a Creighton student and was walking home from a late night physics class when she was hit at 20th and Cuming Street on Wednesday night.
“Hit me and left me lying in the street,” said Palmer with a black eye and scrapes on her arm, “I was crossing the street and a driver came a struck me and left me unconscious in the middle of the street and he actually fled the scene.”
But a couple of nearby drivers didn’t leave Palmer alone one stopped traffic to protect her, “So I wouldn't get ran over and hit again.”
Another vehicle followed the fleeing driver but was unsuccessful in finding them. Palmer said she blacked out from the impact. The next thing she remembers was waking up in the Nebraska Medicine emergency room.
“Because of my head injury I couldn't even talk correctly. I was saying the wrong word when I was trying to describe how I was feeling,” said Palmer.
Palmer suffered from a brain bleed and a concussion and her biggest worry was to let her parents in Arizona know what happened. They flew overnight to Omaha to see their daughter.
“Couldn't believe what we had heard and when we found out the driver fled the scene we were even more astonished and disappointed,” said Kayley’s dad Rob.
While the driver is still out there palmer also has a message to who did this to her, “If you don't come forward you will think about this every single time a bad thing it will be karma you will feel a lot less guilt and you would feel a lot better if you came forward and did the right thing.”
The family says according to witnesses the suspect vehicle was a dark vehicle Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata 4-door with dark tinted windows and a broken windshield.
If you have any information you should call Crimestoppers at 402-444-STOP.
Currently the reward is at $2,500.