POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — On April 2nd, Nathanial Williams’ life changed forever.
He was driving his motorized scooter home from work for lunch at 1:30 in the afternoon. When he hit the intersection of Mohican and Uncas, a car slammed into him. Williams remembers seeing a woman get out of the car and call 911, but then, he says she left him for dead.
“That’s showing no consideration for a human life, no consideration for your fellow man,” he says. “How can you hit a human being and drive off? I feel that’s one of the worst things that someone can do to a person.”
Three weeks later, Williams is confined to a wheelchair.
“When they told me I was paralyzed, I did a lot of crying, a lot of regrets, trying to figure out why this happened,” he says. “I didn’t think I’d ever be a whole man again.”
From his hospital bed, Williams remembers what life was like before the crash. “Before I got hit, I didn’t have to depend on nobody. I did everything for my two children, paid my bills on time.”
Now, all of those things are difficult for him. His son is about to turn 15-years-old. He won’t be able to spend the day with him.
“I can't do nothing for his birthday. The only thing I can do is just call him and tell him happy birthday, son,” Williams says, wiping tears from his eyes. “I know that's not enough.”
With hospital bills piling up and rent to consider, Williams worries about how he’ll make ends meet. “I got my family and my friends helping me as best they can,” he says. “I don’t know how long that’s going to last.”
It’s that support line that Nathanial has come to cling to since the crash, relying on his family to keep him going.
“Without them I’d be lost,” he says. “I wouldn’t know which way to turn.”
Nathanial says he’s begun to accept his fate. “I’m going to deal with my paralyzation as best I can. It’s not going to stop me from caring for my kids and loving them. I’m not going to give up.”
However, he still wants justice. “She ain’t had no compassion for me, so when the police catch her, I ain’t going to have no compassion for her,” he says.
He hopes the person who did this to him will come forward and restore his faith in humanity.
“Look deep inside your heart,” he pleads. “Tell the police department that you hit me. I know you’ve got to have some kind of heart. You’re a human being.”
Police say the hit and run is still under investigation. They’re looking for a dark-colored Nissan or Camry with damage to the front side of the car. They think the driver of the car is a black woman in her 60’s. If you have any information about the crash, call CrimeStoppers at 344-STOP.