UPDATE: Pedestrian Hit on West End Weeks Ago Wakes Up from Coma
Updated: Monday, September 1 2014, 04:56 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Family and friends report that Matthew Rizor has come out of his coma. They say he is still out of it, and has a long way to go, but it is an answered prayer.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a story you will see ONLY ON FOX, the family of the pedestrian hit on West End this weekend is speaking out for their loved one who can't speak for himself now. Matthew Rizor remains in the hospital Sunday night with life threatening injuries. To make matters worse: Metro Police say the driver remains on the loose.
"They're a coward," says Rizor's brother Jeff Vought. "They're afraid to own up."
Saturday morning around 3:00, Metro Police say Rizor was walking across West End near 17th when a dark colored car hit him and left him fighting for his life.
The dark-colored sedan did not have its headlights on and the 34-year-old victim was not using a crosswalk, according to witnesses.
Rizor is known to friends as "Mateo", and is originally for Michigan. He is a booking agent for musicians and is known for his personality says his brother.
Vought says, "He steps into a room, and he's got everybody joking talking and he's all about having a good time and making sure everyone around him has a good time too."
Rizor had originally gone out with friends Friday night, before he was hit. His family says he suffered several injuries including extensive bleeding to his brain and is in a coma.
Vought says," He's my older brother so it's someone I look up t and is strong for you. To see him so vulnerable, and not being able to move and hooked up to tubes and a ventilator its really hard to see him in that condition."
Rizor's girlfriend, Michelle Mcguire was working the night he was hit. The couple of 7-years lives in Nashville with their two beloved dogs. After McGuire recently graduated from nursing school, they got engaged last month.
"I've never seen Matt care for a girl like he does for Michelle. She is very special to him. For him to propose, he does want to spend the rest of his life with her, " says Vought,
Instead of planning their wedding, the family is hoping he recovers and police find the driver.
"They're afraid of the consequences, which they should be...but man up, be a man about it. There's a family that is hurt right now. The least they can do is admit they're wrong or stopped to help when it happened," says Vought.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect.
Evidence at the scene suggests that the car now has a damaged windshield and headlight.
Anyone with information about the sedan and/or its driver is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
In the meantime, a fund is set up to help Rizor and his family with medical expenses. Click here for more information or to donate!