ARLINGTON — The good news: 73-year-old Terry Pinkston is alert and healing after surviving a hit-and-run accident.
"He's grateful; we're all grateful," said his daughter, Shannon Pinkston. "But we're all Irish, so yeah, we're getting a little ticked."
The bad news: Neither his family nor investigators know who hit him around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning during his daily walk in his North Arlington neighborhood near the corner of Brown Boulevard and Ascension Boulevard.
"Somebody was going about 40 miles per hour, trying to make a curve, but instead of making the curve they came up on the sidewalk hit him from behind," Shannon said. "He landed on top of the hood of their car. They drove with him on the top of the car, and to get him off — instead of stopping to help him — at that point they ram into something so they can flick him off into a stucco post."
"That's the part that kills me," she added. "Who does that, you know?"
Arlington police believe it was someone driving an early 2000s indigo blue two-door Chevy Cavalier. They think the car is likely to have a cracked windshield, and a dent the size of a 165-pound man on the hood.
Still, it is the once very active Mr. Pinkston who likely has the most damage with broken ribs, vertebra and a broken pelvis. Doctors said he also suffered bleeding of the brain and a long gash in his scalp.
One thing that might make him feel better is knowing that the person responsible won't get away with driving away.
"I don't care if you were texting while driving, or if you were drunk, or whatever — you screwed up," Shannon Pinkston said, adding this appeal: "Come forward. Fix it and deal with the consequences of it, because he's lucky he's alive."
If you have information related to this crime, you're asked to contact Arlington police.