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Indianapolis family wants answers as loved one fights for his life after hit-and-run

Posted at 6:50 AM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 06:50:25-05

INDIANAPOLIS — On Sunday, Dec. 8, Indianapolis Metro Police Department Officers were called out to the 3000 Block of W. 16th St. to investigate a hit-and-run.

IMPD says they found 66-year-old Marvin Carter Sr. had been hit by a car. He was in bad shape. The driver of the vehicle did not stick around.

Carter's family tells RTV6, they're still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that someone hit their loved one and then left him in the road.

"You left my dad to die in the road like a piece of trash," Summer Carter, his daughter, said. "Thank God for the woman who stood over my father... because if it wasn't for her, he'd probably be dead right now."

"My emotions are up and down. I don't see how you could sit there and hit somebody with a car and leave them like that," Marvin Carter Jr. said.

His family says his injuries are extensive.

"All his ribs are broken. In between, his chest is broken. His jaw is broken," Laura Balwinski, his wife, said. "He's on a ventilator, and they believe his heart might be bruised."

His wife says he was out on a trip that he's made several times before. It was a trip that was barely a block from their home.

"I flipped out because he was just supposed to go get us some dinner, and he had been gone for over an hour," Balwinksi said.

Carter's family says the area where this happened is bustling.

According to Carter's family, he was hit right in front of a Popeyes. They believe someone had to see something and hopes someone comes forward with information.

"You don't have to give your name. It can be anonymous," Erika Moorman, his daughter, said. "Just tell us something so we can get some rest and hopefully, get this person off the streets because if they'll plow into one person, who's to say they won't hit another person because they clearly don't care about people's lives."

RTV6 reached out to IMPD for an update on this case. We'll pass along any information we get from them.

If you have information you think could help them find the driver, contact IMPD through their Crimestoppers line 317-262-TIPS.

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