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Just over three weeks have passed since a hit-and-run accident left Pastor Elliott Cohen with life threatening injuries; collapsed lungs, nine broken ribs, a broken collarbone and multiple cuts and bruises.
Cohen is the senior pastor of Abundant Life Christian Ministries, 3433 Douglas Avenue.
Though he is recovering and has been released from the hospital, Cohen is in pain every day and struggles to complete basic tasks like getting dressed and tying his shoes. His ribs are healing and will not require surgery, but his collarbone might be another story.
And while his body continues to heal – Cohen just received the all-clear about his lungs – he is worried about the financial ramifications of the accident because the suspect vehicle was reported stolen and the driver fled the scene. Until investigators make a clear determination about the status of the car, Cohen cannot file a claim to pay for the damage to his truck or to help cover his mounting medical bills.
“I cannot even submit a claim for damage to my car, my glasses, my lost hours from work, my injuries until it is proven that the car the suspect was driving was not stolen,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
The driver of the car has been identified but not located, and Crime Stoppers of Racine County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the tip(s) that lead to the arrest of the male suspect.
Cohen believes area residents will do the right thing and provide the information that will lead to an arrest.
“We have thoughtful people in our community, and I believe someone will come forward to help bring closure to my case,” he added.
Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-636-9330, via web at: http://racine.crimestoppersweb.com/, or by text message: RACS to 274637(crimes).