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Man grasps to life, family seeks answers in hit and run

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Chad McQuilling fights for his life at University Hospital Chad McQuilling fights for his life at University Hospital
Chad McQuilling shown here before the accident Chad McQuilling shown here before the accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The family of a man hit and critically injured Thursday during a hit and run on I-64 is pleading for information that will lead to an arrest.

Chad McQuilling, 31, was heading home with his girlfriend and her teenage daughter when they ran out of gas. They had just entered I-64 at the 9th street ramp in downtown Louisville when he realized he was empty. He pulled over to the shoulder and got out of the car to retrieve a canister of fuel from his truck bed.

His girlfriend describes the horrifying scene that followed. "My daughter heard the tire squealing, she looked over at the driver side window and saw Chad hit the truck. [He] then bounced over the truck onto the highway," said Chanel Coddington who immediately ran over to direct cars away from McQuilling's body. "I don't see how any human being can sleep at night knowing that there is somebody laying here who may never wake up again."

Coddington said she saw the driver of the car pull over a couple miles down the freeway. "The SUV sat there for a good five minutes, a few other people stopped to help us and then that car just took off."

Police describe the car that hit McQuilling as a newer model Gray Kia Sorento. The car will have minor damage and a missing rear view mirror on the passenger side.

Now the family is asking for help in finding that car and its driver.

The victims mother is asking everyone--including auto body shops to look out for damaged Kia Sorentos. "If someone brings this kind of car in to be fixed, call the police just so they can investigate," said Cheryl McQuilling.

His family says McQuilling suffers from a number of injuries including a shattered spine, brain bleeding, pelvic bleeding, and failing kidneys. Doctors tell the family it is unclear if and how McQuilling will recover.

If you have any information regarding this accident, you are asked to call the police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD

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