There is no surveillance video and no eyewitnesses. But the Quercetti family of Delaware County is hoping the driver's guilty conscience will lead them to confess to the hit-and-run accident that left 28-year-old Thomas Quercetti in critical condition.
"You have to do the right thing. You have to have some kind of feeling to know the family is suffering," said Paula Turnbach, family friend.
Police say Quercetti, of Boothwyn, had just left a party and was walking along Route 1 around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle. Investigators say he may have been dragged or thrown 200 feet from where he was initially hit.
A passing motorist originally thought he saw a deer in the road, but when he circled back around, he saw it was a man and called police, according to Chief Joe Daly, Springfield Police.
Quercetti is in critical condition at Crozer Chester Medical Center. His uncle, Al Quercetti, says Tom has a broken femur, fractured shoulder and head trauma.
His sister tells NBC10's Terry Ruggles she's sick with worry. "He's my best friend and we're each others go-to-person. We've been there for each other our whole lives," said Jackie Quercetti.
Police are searching the area for a vehicle with damage to the front bumper, hood and windshield areas. They say they've sent pieces of a broken front end light to a lab to try and find out a make and model of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Springfield Township Police Department at 610-544-5504.