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Good Samaritan in Texas Saves 73-Year-Old Injured in Hit-and-Run



    The victim in a hit-and-run crash, Terry Pinkston, and the good Samaritan credited with saving him, Bill Komar, speak to NBC 5. (Published Monday, Feb. 17, 2014)

    A family credits a good Samaritan for saving the life of a family member injured in a hit-and-run crash Saturday in Arlington.

    The family is feeling lucky that their 73-year-old patriarch, Terry Pinkston, is alive. They said Pinkston was out on his morning walk when he was struck by a driver who then left the scene.

    The hit-and-run took place Saturday at about 7:30 a.m. on Ascension Boulevard. Arlington police say the man was hit from behind while walking south on Ascension.

    Bill Komar was watching the Olympics when he heard the crash and ran outside.

    "I was watching hockey. I heard a noise, I went out on the balcony, I saw a car in the grass taking off," said Komar. "Out of the corner of my eye I saw a person lying there between the column over here and this electrical toolbox and I realized someone had been hit by a car."

    That's when Komar jumped to action. First he called 911, then ran to the man's side.

    "I found his wool cap he was wearing, shook it off, and applied pressure to his head and waited for paramedics and fire rescue to get here. [I] told him he was gonna be alright."

    Right now, Pinkston is in intensive care at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His family believes he will make a full recovery.

    Pinkston's family sent us a video from his hospital bed where he said the following: "I'd like to find out if it was intentional or if it was just an accident, and just come out and say so if it was accidental," said Pinkston, when his daughter Shannon Pinkston asked him what he'd like to say to person responsible.

    "Yesterday we were numb, and then we got angry, and now just seeing all this for the first time today, it just hurts, just hurts your heart to know that somebody is that callous," said his daughter, Shannon.

    Police are looking for a blue Chevy Cavalier, possibly mid 90s model with some hood and windshield damage. Anyone with information about the driver is asked to call Detective Hawthorn with the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-5635.