ST. LOUIS COUNTY - One week after a devastating hit and run, the wife of a construction worker is pleading for help to find the driver. 55-year-old Doug Hindle was on the job when a truck rammed through the work-zone in St. Louis County one week ago.
Labors Local Union 100, where Hindle has been a member for the last 24 years, is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
"It's been a nightmare that I was hoping I would wake up from and I just haven’t yet,” said Doug Hindle’s wife, Kathy, who describes this past week as a blur.
"My days in the morning are making phone calls, I'm at the hospital, I’m signing to have all these procedures done," she explained of her days since the accident.
Her husband, 55-year-old Doug Hindle was working on a paving project at the intersection of Heege Road and New Hampshire in the county. Police say a driver in a late model GMC or Chevy white pick-up trick struck Hindle and then took off. The truck has severe front end damage.
"We believe it is likely being hidden in a garage or shed or house," said Don Willey, Business Manager at Labors Local 110.
Hindle’s community, including his union, is asking for everyone to keep a close watch.
"It's our intent to go after anyone who injures one of our workers on the roadways,” Willey said.
Kathy Hindle says her husband is still unconscious, but doing a little bit better each day.
"No human being should run over somebody and then just leave them laying there in the street."
While Doug fights through his injuries, Kathy holds tight to his wedding bank, wearing it as a necklace, for the time being.
“It’s going to be there until I can put it back on his finger,” she said.
Labors Local says if there are other companies that want to add on to its $5,000 reward, it would be happy for any and contributions.
Anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers or St. Louis County Police.
AFFTON, MO (KTVI) – The family of a man who was struck by a vehicle while working road construction is looking for answers.
Doug Hindle was working on a repaving project along Heege Road in Affton when he a truck ran over him and fled the scene.
On May 18 around 1:30 a.m. Kathy Hindle got a phone call that her husband Doug had been hit by a car and was being taken to the hospital.
She said Doug was rushed to the hospital where he had immediate surgery for an aortic tear and has had multiple surgeries since then.
“He has broken arms, broken pelvis, both of his legs are broken a, head injury and he has third degree asphalt burns on the upper part of his body,” Kathy said.
Doug had been a laborer for 24 years and just recently decided it was time to retire. Kathy said this was going to be his last job and now suddenly both of their lives have stopped.
Witnesses said the driver who hit Doug ran over him, accelerated and almost hit two other crews, then took off.
The car is described as a late model Chevy or GMC, white extended cab truck with heavy front end damage.
Kathy is hoping that some recognizes the car or notices that a friend or neighbor’s car of that description has been missing.
The Laborers Local 110 Union is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers 1-866-371-8477.