DeKALB – Michael Manley’s trip to 7-Eleven could not have gone much worse Saturday.
As Manley, a 30-year-old DeKalb resident, was walking west on Dresser Road about 9:30 p.m., a car hit him from behind, flinging him into a ditch. The driver never stopped, and Manley was unable to get a license plate number or even a description.
“I didn’t see what kind of car it was, I just saw lights,” he said. “There was more than one set of taillights.”
Manley was hit right before he reached Annie Glidden Road, just outside DeKalb Fire Station No. 3. After landing in the ditch, Manley was able to flag down another car and receive help.
He was released from the hospital around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after being treated for injuries including a lower lumbar compression fracture, which he said might require surgery.
DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said police have no way of knowing who the offender is, as there were no details on the vehicle or debris left at the scene. Petragallo encouraged anyone who might have information to call the police.
Petragallo said residents should remember to walk as far off the road as they can when there are no sidewalks available and to turn off headphones to better hear traffic. Manley was wearing headphones when he was struck.
Manley said he hopes the incident will show city officials the need for sidewalks in that area, which is near DeKalb High School. He said if he can be struck while wearing a bright red jacket in a well-lit area, then others are also at risk.
“The city needs to put in sidewalks on Dresser Road, because I don’t want to see a high school kid get hit in the area,” he said.
Those with information about the incident should contactDeKalb police at 815-748-8400.
• Daily Chronicle News Editor Jillian Duchnowski contributed to this story.