B.C. woman pleads for hit-and-run driver to come forward
Sophie Roads is still unable to work a year after the incident
A 31-year-old Vancouver woman is pleading for a driver who severely injured her in a hit-and-run accident nearly a year ago to come forward.
Construction worker Sophie Roads was walking home after getting off the bus in East Vancouver at around 1 a.m. PT last November.
She was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road at the intersection of Adanac and Renfrew streets. Roads admits she was jaywalking at the time of the incident.
"I remember taking three steps and suddenly everything got really hot, especially on my left side and that's the last thing I remember," said Roads.
The driver of the car fled the scene immediately, and Roads was taken by ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital, where she spent a month being treated for significant injuries.
"My pelvis was crushed, my hip was broken, my aorta had an aneurysm, so I was bleeding out from the inside. My tool box had taken out a large chunk of my knee," she said.
When she was hit, Roads was between jobs, so does not qualify for employment insurance and is now struggling to make ends meet.
Since the incident, she has undergone 20 surgeries and multiple skin grafts, but remains unable to return to work.
"It's tough when you've got to see the impact it's done on myself every day," she said.
Vancouver police are still investigating the case and have not recommended charges for anyone. For Roads, it is a sense of closure that matters most.
"I just want to know why he drove away, why he just left me. I just want him to come forward and deal with it. It's going to haunt him for the rest of his life."