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Hit and run victim makes public plea for answers


A motorcyclist hit by a hit and run driver is making a desperate plea for answers. Paul Rausch was hit near Woodman road and I-295. He was released from the hospital Wednesday. Now, he and Henrico police want help in finding the mystery driver.

Bruised and in pain, Paul Rausch is leaving the hospital for the first time since a hit and run driver crashed in to him.

"I've got torn ligaments in the back of this hand from my wrist on up. I've got a fractured clavicle," he said.

He also has fractures to his ribs and nose.

"Lots of soreness," he explained.

With his fiance by his side, Rausch is recounting that frantic moment - near Woodman Road and I-295 in Henrico. Both were riding their motorcycles.

"He was in the right hand lane and at the last second, he literally came all the way across and made a left hand turn right in front of me. All I could do was try to hit the brakes and swerve around him and {I} went rolling," Rausche explained.

He hit the ground and became unresponsive.

"I looked back. Saw him this way, saw the car take off the other way…When I looked back and saw that he was going. He hesitated, then sped off," Christina Bonsted said.

"That irritates me more than anything. He had to know something," Rausch said.

That's when his girlfriend called 911. He had to spend two nights at VCU Medical and is expected to have a long recovery.

"I can't drive. I can't work. I've got three more doctors appointments I've got to schedule in the next two weeks," he added.

Henrico investigators say the driver was in a white, four door car but few witnesses have come forward with more information.

"I just want the man to come forward and say ‘Hey I made a mistake. An apology would be nice," Rausche said.

It would offer some peace of mind as he fights to recover putting this sad scenario behind him.

"My heart is pounding right now just talking about it because that was very scary," Bonsted said.

But Rausche is determined the driver on the run won't get the best of him.

"I'm pretty tough," he added.

Anyone with information about that hit and run driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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