• Orange County hit-and-run victim fighting for life in hospital


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The family of a man seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver are trying to find who did it.

    Corey Abell, 21, was riding home from work on a motorbike last Saturday night and was hit at the intersection of Conway Road and Michigan Street around 11 p.m. by what witnesses said was a dark-colored SUV.

    Witnesses said the driver who hit Abell did not stop.

    "It was really loud, like a loud bang and I saw him rolling across," witness Frank Reilly said.

    "It ran the red light and kept going," Tony Caamano said.

    Witnesses said there is likely damage on the vehicle because it was a loud, hard impact.

    Two of the people who stopped are a firefighter and nurse.

    Witnesses said his helmet was completely knocked off his head, and one of the people who stopped to help was holding Abell's legs so he wouldn't get up.

    His family said he was an aspiring chef who had just got the bike two weeks before the accident to save money.

    Now, Abell is in a hospital room at Orlando Regional Medical Center and his family said he may never be the same.

    "The doctors told us the very first day we arrived that he had a very slim chance of making it and it was 50/50," said Abell's sister Michelle Fougerousse.

    Friends and family have put their lives on hold to be by Abell's side.

    Abell lost a kidney, his spleen, part of his pancreas and has many more injuries.

    "His back, ankle. He's in the ICU just fighting every day," Fougerousse said.

    Abell's family said he just got a new job and didn't have insurance. To help, visit wftv.com/weblinks.

    Witnesses said there's a driver who was trying to follow the SUV, but didn't return to the scene. They're hoping he talked to police.

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