Hit and run victim speaks out

By: Jenn Schanz

It’s a busy intersection, especially after a Husker game; Antelope Valley Parkway and P Street.

It’s where Tony Persons and his friend were biking home Saturday night. It’s also where a driver ran a red light and smashed into Tony.

“I guess I launched over the top of the vehicle, I’m not sure how I landed but, I don’t really remember too much of that. Last thing I remember was waking up in an ambulance,” Tony says. 

He suffered a broken arm, a bruised sternum, and a skull fracture. Not to mention his bike, a rare find which meant a lot to him, is no longer ride-able.

“It’s done,” he says.

The driver who hit Tony fled the scene and is still on the loose. According to police reports, the driver was in a black 4–door sedan with tinted windows.

“If you hit somebody, geez, you should have the compassion to stop and make sure they’re okay at least,” Tony says. 

He’s still recovering, but says he’s grateful he wasn’t hurt more seriously, given that he wasn’t wearing a helmet.

“It’ll be the last time I ever ride without a helmet for sure,” he says. 

Tony hopes the driver responsible comes forward, and that his accident might be a reminder for other drivers.

“It seems to be an ongoing problem with Lincoln. Drivers need to be aware. Too many people are looking at their smart phones, not paying attention when they’re driving,” he says.

If you have any information that could help police, you’re urged to call CrimeStoppers at 402-475-3600.