Local family demand answers to hit-and-run
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is looking for answers after no one has come forward after a hit-and-run accident left their loved one in a coma.
Thirty-four-year-old Matthew Scott Danchak remains in a medically-induced coma, at Broward Health North, after a white tractor trailer struck him Friday on the Sawgrass Expressway.
Danchak's family is praying for his recovery but also praying for the driver of the tractor trailer to come forward.
Danchak was struck by an 18-wheeler last Friday afternoon while on the expressway. He was driving a blue Hyundai and had been involved in an accident with a separate vehicle. When the driver of the vehicle stepped out of his car, Danchak followed to make sure he was OK. That is when the semi-truck hit Danchak and kept driving.
Danchak had to be airlifted to Broward Health North, and it remains unclear if he will make a recovery. "His reaction was just to go over to make sure she was OK," Danchak's mother, Mindy Danchak said. "This big rig came, an 18-wheeler, and just ran him over and threw him right out of his shoes. I can't fathom how somebody can run over a human being and just keep on going and to feel no guilt, to have nothing and that's my son."
Danchak's family has been left heartbroken and is pleading for anyone to come forward. "This guy, this woman, whoever was driving this truck is out there living their life while my brother is on a ventilator fighting for his," Danchak's sister Melissa Echaus said. "He is my best friend. I can't imagine my life without him, and I can't even believe that somebody can do this to him, that somebody can do this to my brother and just leave like it was nothing."
"You ran over a human being, you ran over my brother, a son," Echaus continued to say, as she wiped away tears, "a father to two daughters that need him. There has to be somebody out there, and I know there's somebody out there that knows something, and I just pray and beg that they come forward and that my brother gets justice."
"My child, and I'd give my life to save his," Mindy Danchak, the victim's mother, said.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, they have pieces of the tractor trailer's bumper as well as a mirror that was left behind. FHP is trying to trace the pieces back to the driver.
The tractor was pulling a white box trailer.
If you have any information on this hit and run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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