Father says he’s lucky to be alive after Franklin hit-and-run

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2016) - A Franklin man is lucky to be alive after police say he was involved in a brutal hit-and-run.

“When I got that phone call, I’ll never forget it, but he told me that, he said, ‘Hey Teairra, it’s me, I’ve been in a bad wreck,’ and I said Grant,” said Teairra Black, who remembers every single moment of the morning of January 23.

“I got in my car, drove down the road and around the corner and saw the mess,” she said.

On January 23 at the intersection of East King and Forsythe Streets in Franklin, her husband Grant Black was running an errand and was just a minute away from home when he saw something barreling towards him.

“I remember everything. I remember looking up in the rear-view mirror and seeing a vehicle coming towards me and then the boom and then just kind of that ringing in your ears that you have for a few seconds,” Black said.

Black suffered 16 broken ribs, needed hundreds of stitches, and had to have three surgeries at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Two weeks later, Black headed home to Franklin to recover at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

“The first time I saw my girls walk in the room, it was good, it was good,” he said.

Black stood up for the first time in almost a month Friday. It wasn’t easy, but he is lucky to be alive. The hit-and-run driver forced Black’s car, head on, into another vehicle. The driver of that car remains in a coma.

“I am absolutely happy to be alive because it could’ve went a different way,” said Black.

Witnesses describe the suspect vehicle as a small to mid-size tan SUV.  One driver thinks the suspect vehicle was possibly a white SUV.  Witnesses described the driver as being a white male, possibly in his 20's, with dark hair.  Witnesses report that the suspect vehicle has significant damage to the front bumper along with damage to the driver side.  The vehicle was last seen headed westbound on Jefferson St from the area of Forsythe St.

Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Franklin Police Department tip line at (317) 346-1100.

Medical bills are beginning to pile up for the Black family. There is a breakfast benefit fundraiser on Feb. 20 at the Franklin Masonic Lodge at 801 South Main Street. It will run from 7:30-9:30 a.m. All donations will go to help the Blacks pay for their increasing medical expenses.

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