NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A motorcyclist is speaking out from his hospital bed after police say he was struck by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month on Staten Island.
Life as Frank Morse knows it may never be the same. The 49-year-old truck driver for the city’s Department of Sanitation has been in severe pain with cuts and bruises all over, torn ligaments and a shattered pelvis.
“I really can’t get dressed,” he told CBS2s’ Reena Roy. “I’m a big guy, I can do anything I want. Right now, I can’t even move my legs.”
Morse was riding his motorcycle on Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road the night of Aug. 6. Surveillance video shows him stopped at a red light when police say the driver of a silver, four-door sedan crashes into him from behind.
“Boom! I was tossed. I don’t know where I was. I couldn’t tell you if I went up or down. I was just gone,” Morse said. “When she hit me, she sent me in the air and when I landed, I landed crookedly on the ground which twisted my pelvis.”
Police said the car then sped off, heading east on Victory Boulevard. With Morse unable to move and lying still on the street just five blocks from his home, a good Samaritan called 911.
“A paramedic guy, who was a lifesaver, said, ‘Just stay down, don’t move, don’t move,'” Morse said. “I said, ‘I’m in so much pain. She broke me in half.'”
Morse was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition then transferred to a medical center in Paterson, New Jersey for emergency pelvic surgery. He had to celebrate his 49th birthday in a hospital bed.
“Every day, I gotta wait for my pain medication. Every night I can’t sleep in between them so it’s a terrible, terrible feeling,” he said. “When somebody takes you out like that, that’s a blatant disregard — they didn’t care if I was alive or dead.”
Morse and his family are now just hoping justice is served.
“God’s gonna get ’em if the law don’t,” he said. “Something’s gonna happen. Karma is gonna come their way.”
Morse spent his 49th birthday on the operating table. Every day since the accident has been a struggle knowing the driver is still out there.
“We just want justice for my brother. It’s terrible watching him in so much pain,” Valarie Columbia said.
Morse is hoping to head to a rehab center this week to learn to walk again. He’s expected to be wheelchair bound for the next four to six months.
Police believe the car sustained damage to the hood and the front driver’s side.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.