Friends want hit and run driver who hit elderly woman to come forward

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An elderly woman is lucky to be alive after a car hit her as she was crossing a busy Omaha street.

The driver stopped to check on her, but then fled the scene.

Sherri Tourek said she misses her best friend at the dinner table.

"She sat here," Tourek explained.

Instead of sitting with her friend, Karrol Kamrath is in a bed at Nebraska Medicine.

"She don't remember anything. Only ting she remembers is when she woke up and the nurses told her she was hit by a car," Tourek said.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 as Kamrath crossed Saddle Creek where there' not a crosswalk or signal.

"It was a hit and run," Tourek said.

6 On Your Side talked to a shocked witness on the phone.

"Someone would actually stop to see if the person was ok or whatever, but not stick around long enough for the cops to show up. I mean, he just drove off," the witness said.

The driver left Kamrath there with a torn ligament, broken leg and injured Pelvis.

Her friends are concerned it will be a long recovery.

Kamrath has Medicare, but there will likely be uncovered expenses, which Tourek thinks the hit and run driver should have to help pay.

"He needs to do the right thing. He needs to turn himself in," she said.

With no immediate family near Omaha, Kamrath enjoyed playing with her friends' grandchildren.

"I feel sad. Why/ Because of a car run over her," Tourek's grandson Sam said.

Nebraska Medicine said Kamrath is in good condition.

Police said they don't have any security camera footage or a license plate number to help find the driver.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a white SUV and said the driver wore a dark, military-style hat. They also said he is about 6-foot-2-inches tall with a slender build.

Anyone with information should call Omaha police.