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Hit-and-run victim wants public help to forgive driver

kalantri on Miscellaneous - TACOMA, Wash. -- To grasp the peace and dignity of Gregory Adams requires one to ask the unimaginable: What would you want to say to the hit-and-run driver who nearly killed you?

"Speaking directly to him, I'm gonna say 'God bless you'," Adams says.

On September 3, Adams was waiting for the light to turn "walk" to cross a south Tacoma crosswalk. He started walking, and that was the last thing he remembers.

The man who found him lying in the road, 50 feet from the impact, thought he was dead.

When Adams woke in the hospital, he had two broken legs, a shattered shoulder, kidney and stomach damage, severe tailbone bruising, broken ribs and other internal injuries.

"Ugh! Ugh!" he muffles as he rises from his wheelchair into a walker, with the help of two rehabilitation specialists at Fir Lane Center in Shelton.

He's quick with a smile and a joke, he toys playfully with his specialists. He admits he's, well, "bubbly." But his positive attitude doesn't stop the pain.

"Oh man," he admits with a smile during an interview, "it's unimaginable pain."

Yet, through it all, he feels blessed.

"I don't know the reason the person kept going."

I point out, "There is no good reason."

"But it's nothing that can't be forgiven," he declares.

Horns honk and traffic roars over the crosswalk where it happened near South 86th and Hosmer Street in south Tacoma. He was walking back from buying Peanut M&Ms at a Shell station across the street from his White Roof Inn.

Police believe a large white SUV hit him before speeding off. Adams was told police initially wrote it down as a car accident. He fears police never got surveillance video. Several businesses have security cameras pointing in the general direction of the crosswalk.

So now he's asking for the public's help - not to punish the driver. Incredibly, quite the opposite: to forgive him.

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