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Springfield family searching for driver in hit-and-run wreck

The wreck happened last Thursday on Camp Creek Road in Springfield, and sent a man and his son to the hospital.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 9:44 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2018 11:24 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A family in Springfield is looking for answers after a hit-and-run wreck sent their son to the hospital.

Doug Smith, one of the victims of that wreck, said he was shocked when he saw what actually happened to his truck on Thursday night.

"My wife finally took me out in the hallway, showed me the vehicle, and my knees buckled and went out from underneath me," Smith said.

Smith said it was a normal drive home after he and his son had been to the dentist.

"We were coming around a corner on Camp Creek. I noticed a vehicle trying to pass us on our left in a blind corner," Smith said. "Saw his headlights, didn't see his headlights, felt a loud crash and a bang on the side of my pickup."

That's one of the last things he remembers before the truck rolled.

Smith said he came to his senses and immediately looked for his son.

"Then when I was able to clear stuff out of the way, I saw my son," Smith said. "I thought he was dead. He was unconscious. Unresponsive. Bleeding from his head. My mission was just to get to him."

Smith said he didn't know how close he and his son came to death until he saw those pictures.

"It didn't hit me until I saw the extent of the damage to the vehicle," Smith said. "The sheriff's deputy that came to the emergency room was the first one that I heard it from. He kind of looked at me and chuckled and said, brother, if you were any taller you wouldn't be here right now."

His 10-year-old son spent a day and a half in the hospital, but has been released.

Smith and his son are admittedly still afraid to be in vehicles, but right now they're focused on finding the person that caused their wreck.

"The witnesses said it's a red Toyota pickup. Late 80's, maybe mid-90's red Toyota four wheel drive," Smith said. "Some information we got today is that it may have some newer Tacoma rims, possibly a two to three inch lift. It is definitely going to have fresh damage on the front passenger side where he hit our vehicle."

Smith said they need the public's help to get justice for what happened.

"Please help us find this guy," Smith said. "I just want to put it behind us. I'm not out for vengeance. I'm not out to see the guy suffer. I just want the guy to know what he did to our family -- what he did to my son, and step up and admit what he did and pay through the legal system."

If you have any information about the person that caused that wreck, you are asked to call the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

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