Hit-and-run victim goes back to scene where he was injured

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Feb 07 2014 07:59:56 AM HST

He's lucky to be alive, and he has a message for motorists. KITV4's Brenton Awa has more from the victim of a hit-and-run in Hawaii.

HONOLULU -

Lionel Wright's recollection of what happened two days ago remains clear.  But, he admits since being hit by a car, his thoughts are sometimes cloudy.

"I just was thinking, hopefully God can bring me through this, brah," said Wright.

On Tuesday morning, Wright was riding his moped down Pensacola Avenue.  He says he had the green light, but a car blindsided him.

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"I was already in the intersection and I couldn't do anything," said Wright.  "I was just right in front of him already.  I was just hoping that he slows down enough so I could get past him."

But, that didn't happen.  The car clipped the back of Wright's moped, putting him in a spin.

"Right where these yellow cones are, that's where I actually impacted the road, and slid all the way, halfway down the curb," said Wright.

Wright went to the hospital with cuts to his head, knees and elbows.  His ribs are still bruised and he now has seven stitches above his left eye.

Looking back he has a message for other moped riders.

"If I could tell people one thing really, it was be this, brah.  Mopeds are dangerous.  You should wear a helmet, or better yet, just don't ride them at all," said Wright.

Wright also admits he wasn't wearing a helmet.

"I thought that I was going to be the exception to ride a moped and not get injured, and here I am talking in front of you, and I can tell you this -- I don't want to ride a moped ever again," said Wright.

Wright tells us he's still having problems moving around and doing what used to be simple tasks, but he does want to forgive the driver who fled the scene.

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