Minneapolis Hit-and-Run Victim Describes His Ordeal

October 16, 2017 07:14 PM

A Roseville man said his life was changed forever after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident this past August.

Police are still looking for the driver of the car, who left the scene after colliding with a motorcycle at the intersection of East Lake Street and 19th Avenue South in Minneapolis. 

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"If I was going to die - that's the very first question I asked," said Enoch Langford, the motorcycle driver. 

RAW VIDEO: Minneapolis Police Facebook Video of August Hit-and-Run

Langford said he doesn't remember much about the crash.

"I was going straight down," he said. "Hit 19th, and next thing I know it's just a long blackout period."

Surveillance video shows a white car turn in front of Langford. The 26-year-old flew off his motorcycle while the suspect continued to drive off.

"They were just trying to say 'You did all this stuff to your body, so much trauma that you almost didn't make it,'" Langford said. 

Police said they found the suspect's vehicle not far from the scene. But the search for the driver goes on.

Minneapolis police recently posted video of the incident on Facebook in the hope of locating the person.

"I saw the video and I was in shock a little bit," Langford said. 

Langford broke bones in his face, had surgery on his shoulder, developed a blood clot in the hospital and tore every ligament in his knee.

"I live my life completely different now," he said. "I used to be very active - running three-to-four miles a day. (Now) I can barely put my socks on in the morning." 

Langford is used to helping others. He's worked for Allina Health the last two years.

Now he's slowly making his way back to work.

"You definitely see what it's like on the other side, and you kind of understand how other people are feeling when they're going through a tragic incident like this," he said. 

Langford was in the hospital for two weeks. And he knows the recovery won't be easy. 

"I just try to get through the day with as less pain as possible," he said. 

And he hopes the surveillance video is a reminder to that driver. 

"Everybody makes mistakes - come forward and own up to yours," Langford said. 

If you know anything about this case, contact Minneapolis police at  612-673-3442.

Those interested in helping Langford can do so by visiting either a GoFundMe or Caring Bridge site - each of which has been created to spread awareness of his situation.
 

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Brett Hoffland

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