Tu Hoang Lam lost his right leg after undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the injuries resulting from a hit-and-run incident in San Diego on March 7.
Lam was buckling his 6-year-old child into his car in a Food For Less parking lot when a man driving an SUV slammed into him. The 47-year-old father was pinned to his car for 10 seconds before the driver sped off as witnesses started to gather.
The police say they have located the suspect’s SUV, a silver Saturn Vue, and believe that the person responsible is a woman.
Ben Xavier, Lam’s brother, said in an interview with FOX 5 that he believes it was “an accident that turned into a terrible mistake.”
“We wish that person healing as well, and that she or he present herself and take that next step and turn herself in,” Xavier added.
Though Lam’s child was unharmed during the incident, his wife Kelly said the child would not talk for days. While playing with racing cars, Xavier noted that the child “made a parking lot with building extra walls that he said would help make the car safer.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Lam by Xavier, as Lam recovers in the ICU. As of this writing, the family has raised more than $67,000 of their $250,000 goal. In their latest update on March 13, the Lam family expressed their gratitude toward the community for the outpouring of support.
“Tu continues to fight to recover and his family is hopeful that he will come home to them as soon as possible,” they said.
Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect and/or the suspect’s vehicle is asked to call SDPD’s Traffic Division at (858) 495-7813 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
Feature Image via Ben Xavier