Family of teen injured in hit-and-run on Highway 79 near Pinson wants justice


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Jefferson County investigators are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a teenager walking along Highway 79 this week.

Family members of 18-year-old Alex Needham tell CBS 42 that he broke his leg and now has several stitches above his eye.

Loved ones want to know why the driver did not stop to help.

“It’s sad that somebody would leave him in the dark. I mean he wasn’t dead when he was hit, he could have laid there and died,” said Shana Needham, Alex’s mother.

Good Samaritans had to swerve to avoid the teenager, but stopped to call for help and comfort the teen.

“We just thought it was a bunch of trash, because there was kind of trash all over the road and all of a sudden we realized it was a person,” said Renee Downs.

Despite the birth of her grandchild, the Downs family chose not to spend extra time at the hospital and instead traveled back home on Highway 79 when they saw Needham.

“God definitely played a role in putting us in that spot at that exact moment,” said Downs.

Investigators said Needham was walking in the median when he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the accident reconstruction team believes a white Mercedes-Benz sedan, possibly a C- class model, was involved.

Investigators tell CBS 42 there will be damage to the driver’s side door and mirror.

“How can somebody leave another human being to just lay there, not knowing how they’re doing?” Downs asked.

Shana Needham held back tears as she got to meet Downs at the scene Friday.

“It makes me feel really good that there are people with hearts that do care,” said Needham.

Needham has posted pictures of her son’s injury to Facebook in hopes of inspiring someone to come forward with information.

“Alex got lucky, maybe the next person won’t be,” said Needham.

If you know anything about the crime call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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