Victim in City's Latest Hit and Run Wants Answers

A 64-year old woman who was walking to the post office Sunday became this city's latest hit and run victim.

It happened in the 4000 block of Ayers. The woman, Maria Cumpian, was left for dead in the middle of the street, and was nearly hit by a second vehicle. She is now recovering with broken bones and wants answers.

Cumpian said all she remembers is that she was hit by a truck. She had walked that route many times before, always stopping at a bus bench to give her knees a rest before continuing on. On Sunday, while crossing Ayers at Pearse Street, she was hit.

She said she remembers lying on the street, and trying to get up on her own.

"We just want to know who it was, you know, and maybe what was the cause for it to happen," her son, Marco Antonio Cumpian, said. "We just want answers."

"As we were going home, I saw her in a heartbeat and I told my husband 'pull over, we have to help her,'" said Sydney Corona, who stopped to render aid.

Corona and her husband saw Cumpian in the street after the accident, and stopped along with another man to help her.

"She was in a lot of pain," Corona said. "She couldn't move her arm, her leg. She was complaining that her whole body was hurting, and I did see that she was bleeding from her stomach."

Cumpian suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, a punctured lung and a broken rib.

On Thursday, Corona met with Cumpian, bringing her flowers and prayers for a speedy recovery. Maria said thank you.

But to the person who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit her, she asks one question. Why?

Cumpian said the person did her wrong by leaving her there, not knowing whether she was dying of if she was killed.

Corpus Christi police are investigating the case.


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