Just a week after losing his leg in a hit-and-run crash in East Ridge, a Ringgold, Georgia, man has been released from a local hospital and has his sights set on recovery.
Jeff Stiner, 37, was riding his motorcycle on Ringgold Road on New Year's Eve around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck. The driver fled the scene.
He was transported to Erlanger, where he underwent surgery to amputate his left leg just below the knee. So far, he's undergone two surgeries; the latest one was Thursday morning.
On Tuesday, the father of five was optimistic about his recovery.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Stiner told the Times Free Press.
He was released from the hospital Monday and will heal for six weeks before being fitted for a prosthetic, he said.
Stiner expressed gratitude for those who helped him during his hospitalization.
Among them was a nurse named Pamela, who he said stayed with him most of the time, and an amputee named Shannon, who visited and provided him with some helpful information.
Others have flooded social media with words of support, and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help offset the financial burden that Stiner, who works delivering wallboard, will incur while being unable work.
As he continues to heal, the search continues for the driver of the truck.
Last week, East Ridge police released an image from video surveillance that shows a red pickup truck suspected of being the one involved in the crash. A Ford front plate with a U.S. Marine Corps plate frame was recovered from the scene of the crash.
After the crash, witnesses reported seeing the truck leaving the scene down Ringgold Road toward McBrien Road.
Police located the truck two days later on Thursday. The driver was nowhere to be found.
East Ridge Police Department Lt. Josh Creel said Tuesday that traffic investigators and detectives are still working to determine who the driver was.
He couldn't provide any other information on the investigation but said any updates would be released when available.
The driver faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield, he said. More charges could be pending, Creel said.
In the meantime, Stiner wants justice.
"I just really want the person responsible to look my family in the face and tell them why they did what they did," he said.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call 423-622-1725 or 423-867-3720.
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