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Quadriplegic injured in Carrboro hit-and-run

Posted June 22, 2011 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2011 8:12 a.m. EDT

— A Carrboro man in a motorized wheelchair was the victim of a hit-and-run driver on Sunday, police said.

Ronald Glenn suffered two broken legs and a broken elbow and is recuperating in UNC Hospitals. He said Wednesday that knowing someone left him injured on the side of the road hurts as much as his injuries.

"I like to forgive people, but it's hard for me to even think about that right now," Glenn said.

The hit-and-run occurred Sunday afternoon on the Jones Ferry Road exit ramp from N.C. Highway 54. Glenn, who has limited movement from the neck down from a previous spinal cord injury, said he was returning home in his motorized wheelchair after buying his daily lottery ticket.

"All of a sudden, this car just came out of nowhere, and he smacked me head on," he said.

Debris from the collision still littered the side of the road three days later. Police said Glenn was within his rights to be in his wheelchair where he was.

"It's enough clearance for cars, and it's enough clearance for people to be walking," Glenn said of the exit ramp.

"It made me so angry that someone would do that to a defenseless person," said Shirley Johnson, Glenn's sister. "This has taken something from him."

The only information Glenn and other witnesses could provide to police was that he was hit by a blue or green sedan. Investigators said the car likely has extensive front-end damage.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Carrboro police at 919-918-7399.

Johnson said she hopes police apprehend the driver.

"Say you're sorry, you know. Say something, you know, because that person has taken something from my brother," she said.