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Plea from family of hit and run victim

Sodus, N.Y. - The family of an elderly woman seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash want any witnesses to come forward.

The family of Elinor Decann went to a scrap yard to see her car on Friday night.

Its very hard to look at it, said Kim Roder, Decann's niece. All I want is the driver of the truck to come forward.

A tractor trailer crashed into the small sedan just after 7 a.m. on Thursday on Route 104, it happened between State Street and Maple Avenue in the Town of Sodus. The impact left the drivers side of Decann's vehicle smashed from the front bumper to the very back of the car. The tractor trailer driver never stopped.

Im very angry and the rest of the family is too, said Roder, I want to know why the driver of that truck did not stop, and just left my aunt in the middle of the road.

Family members say Decann, 78, almost didn't survive the crash. Paramedics transferred her to Strong Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit, treated for internal bleeding and several broken bones.

Shes one of a kind. Shes very caring, loving - a great person to be around. I mean, shell make you laugh. If youre down and out shell make you laugh. She is very fun to be with, Roder said.

Decann was moved out of the intensive care unit Friday night, but remains hospitalized.

My aunt is very lucky, Roder said, Somebody was watching over from up above.

Now, Decanns family wants someone to come forward to help find the driver of that tractor trailer that hit the elderly woman, while she was heading to her job at a nursing home on Thrusday.

According to the Wayne County Sheriffs Office, a tractor trailer in the eastbound lane crossed the center line, collided with the car and kept on going.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating, and following a couple of leads. A headlight believed to be from the semi-truck was recovered from the crash scene. On Friday, investigators said a truck driver came forward who was in the area around the time of the crash. He was not involved in the crash, but the back of his trailer has a camera that he believes could have captured some clues. The video is on its way to investigators, and is expected to arrive next week. Deputies hope that will lead them to the driver or owner of the tractor trailer.

The sheriffs office asks anyone with information in the case to call 315-946-9711.

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