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Armstrong man hopes driver who hit him will step forward

| Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

EAST FRANKLIN — An area man is hoping somebody he doesn't know will read this and do the right thing this holiday season.

Zachary Toy, 24, said he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday while walking across the Busy Beaver parking lot and now he is hoping the driver will step forward and identify himself.

Toy said he was walking out of the Busy Beaver store sometime during the early afternoon when he was knocked down by a Ford F250 single cab pickup as it pulled out of a parking space.

He said he was carrying items in his hands when the truck knocked him down causing him to hit his head on the pavement. The accident occurred about 10 to 15 feet away from the store's entrance, he said.

Toy described the vehicle as being reddish in color and thought it might be a 1995 or '96 model with an 8-foot bed.

The driver stopped and appeared to be concerned, asking if he felt OK, said Toy.

“I didn't think anything of it,” said Toy, adding that at the time he felt fine.

He did not report the incident to police and failed to ask the driver for his name, contact information or insurance information.

That evening he began feeling nauseated and threw up.

On Monday after a medical evaluation at Butler Memorial Hospital and a CAT Scan, Toy said doctors told him he was suffering from a concussion.

By Tuesday, he was on his way to another doctor's appointment because the nausea and neck pain still hadn't gone away.

“The thing is, he doesn't have health insurance,” said his father, Dennis Toy.

Dennis Toy said the family realizes it was an accident and would like the driver to step forward.

They are hoping the driver's auto insurance will cover the medical costs associated with Toy's injury.

Dennis Toy is asking that the driver contact him at 724-297-5898.

State police trooper Joseph Zandarski, of the East Franklin station, said this type of incident should always be reported to police.

“If someone is struck, they should report it immediately to police regardless of how they feel at the time,” he said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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