Photo of suspect driver and vehicle from a hit-and-run at 24th and Lyndale in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
A man was left with multiple fractures -- two broken femurs, and a pelvis cracked in two places -- after a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis on Wednesday night.
Steve Schirber told FOX 9 News he had to do a double-take as he passed an SUV that was heading north on Lyndale Avenue just after 6 p.m.
"I remember seeing his feet go up, and then I remember seeing him almost land on the SUV and slide off," Schirber recalled.
It wasn't until he ran over to help that he realized the man lying in the ditch was Matt Call, the morning barista who served him coffee every day at the Urban Bean just a few steps away.
"He was going to get in his car and his key jammed a little bit -- and his girlfriend was on the other side," Nate McKay, the victim's friend, told FOX 9 News. "The driver came by and hit him -- and he flew."
From his bedside, Call's girlfriend told FOX 9 News that he has already undergone surgery for his four fractures -- but doctors say it will be at least three months before he walks again.
The crash took place in front of Jim Fila's home, where surveillance video is recorded from every possible angle.
"If something happens, police know to come here, which is what they did yesterday," Fila said.
In fact, Fila has earned awards from Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan because his video has led to dozens of arrests.
Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer posted a photo of the suspect driver and vehicle, asking anyone with information to call 612-673-2981.
Call's friends have set up a PayPal account to help him with finances since he will be unable to work while he recovers and he still faces mounting medical costs. Donations can be sent online to firstname.lastname@example.org.