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Family asking driver to come forward after hit and run crash

UPDATE 12/11: Columbia police said the collision has been changed to a leaving the scene crash.

The victim told police the suspect vehicle is described as a 90’s model red Chrysler four door sedan.

Officers said the investigation is still on-going.

ORIGINAL: It was a normal walk home for 30-year-old Richard Robinson after getting off from his job at Gerbes on Paris Road Tuesday night.

“He doesn’t bother anybody,” said his mother, Joyce Neal. “He just goes to work and comes home every day.”

Neal said her son was hit by a car while cutting through the Midwest Petroleum gas station parking lot, sending him to the hospital. He was just released Friday and is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday, she said.

“He’s suffering from a broken collar bone, a collapsed lung and a laceration on the right-hand side of his head and it’s still swollen,” Neal said.

Bryana Larimer, a spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department, confirmed in an email Thursday to ABC 17 News that officers responded to the gas station for a crash involving a pedestrian around 8:15 p.m. Larimer said the investigation was ongoing.

A police incident report said the driver left the scene of the accident. ABC 17 News emailed police for more information Friday afternoon, but did not hear back.

Neal said she wants to see justice for her son.

“That’s a human being,” she said. “You have some type of remorse for what you’ve done.”

The crash on Paris Road would have been at least the second crash involving a pedestrian in Columbia Tuesday night.

A 78-year-old man was hit around 5:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of Rangeline Street. As of Friday afternoon, the victim was still in the hospital in critical condition.

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