Valley Glen hit-and-run: Man in critical condition as family calls for suspect to turn himself in

VALLEY GLEN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run that left a 29-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition.

Tyler Orona was trying to cross Sherman Way after lunch in Valley Glen last week, but he never made it home.

Security video shows him being struck and thrown into the air by a car described by police as a white four-door Infiniti sedan. He suffered so many serious injuries that doctors are performing new surgeries every day.

The family told Eyewitness News that Orona’s injuries include two broken femurs, a dislocated arm, a crushed pelvis, fluid in the lungs and a missing toe.

When Orona’s family received the first call from the hospital, they were told he might not survive the night.

“Then they told us he would survive, but if he did, he would be paralyzed,” said Orona’s sister, Gia Vidovic. “But I guess now they say he will be able to walk, but it will take a long period of therapy, like more than a year, and he will be in the hospital for months.”

While Orona remains in critical condition, the family is focusing their attention on the driver who failed to stop.

The Los Angeles Police Department has released security video of the hit-and-run in hopes that someone will recognize the suspect vehicle. The crash happened in the area of ​​Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon Avenue around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday.

The family is also hoping the driver or someone with information will come forward. They said they had watched the surveillance video several times and couldn’t understand why the white sedan appeared to veer toward their brother and not away.

“I hope they finally decide to stop hiding and show who they are because, either way, they will be found one day,” Vidovic said. “It’s really a disaster because my whole family has changed forever because of this moment.”

The family said hospital bills are already starting to pile up, so they have started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the surgeries and recovery.

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