Mother of Army reservist injured in hit-and-run wants driver to surrender

Richard Parsons showing improvement, remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital


MIAMI – The mother of an Army Reservist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver wants the person responsible for leaving her son for dead to surrender to police.

Rene Moore said Richard Parsons is improving, but he is still at Jackson Memorial Hospital after last Wednesday's crash.

"My son didn't ask for that," Moore told Local 10 News. "You know, someone has to know something."

 Moore is pleading for justice on behalf of her 22-year-old son, who was struck while crossing the street.

"He was going to sign his papers for his new job that he had just gotten," Moore said. "You know, he was getting off the bus on (Northwest) 32nd (Avenue) and 79th (Street). He was plowed down like trash."

Moore said the crash left her son with a shattered leg, swelling to the brain and internal bleeding. Still, she said he's showing signs of improvement on a daily basis.

A description of the car that struck Parsons is vague. Police are still searching for the driver.

"How could you do it?" Moore asked the driver. "I don't understand."

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