Couple searches for driver in hit-and-run that injured son

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis couple is searching for the person responsible for a recent hit-and-run that left their son seriously injured.

Howard Pritchard, the father of research scientist Wilson Pritchard, can't stomach what someone did to his son on the way to a church meeting two Sundays ago.

"He had the right of way coming through the intersection on a green light and this person just pulled in front of him," Howard said Tuesday.

The driver of a black Ford Explorer drove off after slamming into Wilson Pritchard's motorcycle on Poplar at Hollywood.  The impact of the crash threw Wilson from his motorcycle.  The motorcycle flipped up into the air and landed right on top of him.

Pritchard's mother, Libby, said the only thing that saved his life was his helmet and his leather jacket, which was lined with Kevlar.  At the scene, six strangers, including four nursing students, came to Wilson's rescue.  Two men lifted the motorcycle off of him.

"I wish we could see them," Libby said. "We do know that the nursing students were African Americans.  I don't know anything about the two men."

Every bone in Pritchard's waist area is broken or fractured, along with two fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

Monday, Howard and Libby Pritchard said they were putting up a $4,000 reward for the person whose tip leads to the arrest the driver of the black Ford Explorer.

"He'll stand before God some day," Libby Pritchard said. "That will be his judgement."

"I can view it as an accident, except for the fact that the person wouldn't even get out of the car and take the motorcycle off of him," Howard Pritchard added.

From his hospital bed, Wilson Pritchard, who helps create medical devices for injured people, told his parents his own injuries will help with his research.

If you have information about the hit-and-run driver, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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