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Driver hits wheelchair-bound man, leaves him in street


OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City man is speaking out after he was hit by a car in his wheelchair.

The driver kept driving and left him injured in the street, alone.

Now the man, Henry Kendrick, wants justice to be served for the crime that left him severely injured.

A battered wheelchair, a broken leg and ribs is the only evidence left of the hit-and-run accident that Kendrick said changed his life.

“It’s pretty much deterred me of getting out of my home,” Kendrick said.

The 27-year-old man has cerebral palsy; one thing he said he enjoyed doing on his own was riding to church a couple of blocks away.

Now, he stays inside after the familiar trip took a wrong turn Wednesday.

Kendrick was on his way home from the church on 16th St. and MacArthur Blvd. when a car sideswiped his wheelchair and never stopped.

Kendrick said a woman saw him in the street and called 911.

“Thank God I’m breathing, thank God I’m alive,” he said.

The church’s preacher, R.E. Williams, came out moments after the crash.

“Pretty low person to hit someone in a wheelchair and then leave him,” Williams said. “I’d forget I’m a minister and remember I’m a cowboy and poke him real good.”

There are no sidewalks in the area of 16th St., so Kendrick was close to the road.

Kendrick hopes someone saw the crash and comes forward.

Meanwhile, he sends a message to the person who hit him.

“You have caused me so much agony and pain,” Kendrick said. “You could have at least had the decency to stop and ask me if I’m OK.”

If you or anyone you know saw the wreck or has any information, call the Oklahoma City Police.