Father of 3, Unable to Walk After Hit-Run, Searches for Driver

The hit-and-run driver stopped briefly after the crash in Garden City and even placed a blanket over the victim before taking off

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    A Long Island man unable to walk after he was hurt in a hit-and-run accident two months ago is hoping that newly released surveillance video will spur the driver of that car to come forward. Greg Cergol has more. (Published Friday, Apr 18, 2014)

    A 54-year-old Long Island welder who was critically injured in a hit-and-run in February has released surveillance video of the crash in the hope that someone will be able to identify the driver.

    Steve Acquaviva was crossing the street outside his Garden City shop when a car hit slammed into him, throwing him in the air.

    His pelvis was smashed and he received 120 stitches on his face. Acquaviva has not walked since the accident, and the father of three still doesn't know who's responsible.

    "I just want him to come forward, admit to what he did. That's all," he said. 

    Acquaviva and his wife, Monika, are releasing the video because they say they're not happy with the pace of the police investigation. They're now appealing directly to the driver, who stopped briefly after the crash and even placed a blanket over Acquaviva before driving off.

    "You had some kind of caring at that point," he said. 

    "He could have just stayed, just spoke to the police then," he added. 

    Acquaviva is expected to walk again but says he won't recover fully until he understands why the driver fled.

    "Just want to know what's going through his mind, why he did what he did. I need peace of mind," he said.

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