Veteran hurt in hit-and-run, family wants answers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 29, 2016) -- The family of a 67-year-old Marine Corps veteran want to know who hit him and left him on the side of the road.

On March 5, Willie Banks was walking in his neighborhood with his son. A driver slammed into Banks while he was trying to cross East 38th Street.

“To this day there are still flashes of that night so it wasn’t I saw it happen, I see it happen,” said Joseph Banks, the victim’s son.

Banks was taken to the hospital. He is continuing to improve and is now recovering at a rehabilitation facility.

“He’s a fighter, always has been and always will be. (He’s a) big mind over matter guy,” said Joseph.

Tuesday night, Banks’ family and friends held a vigil in hopes that the driver will do the right thing and come forward.

“It was scary. It was hurtful the person that didn’t stop, you saw him face to face,” said April Banks, the victim’s daughter.

Banks’ family knows they’re lucky, but they also know there are other families dealing with the pain caused by other hit and run drivers.

“This is happening more and more often and something needs to be said. We as a community need to stand up and say this isn’t right, someone needs to say something,” said Joseph.

Detectives believe the vehicle that hit Banks is a dark-colored truck or SUV.  The vehicle most likely sustained some damage to the front passenger’s side.  If you have any information, you’re asked to call IMPD.

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