SAN PEDRO, Calif. (FOX 11) - The survivor of a hit-and-run is pleading for the person who left him on the side of the road to come forward. It happened in San Pedro at Gaffey and 2nd Street on April 1, 2019.
Octavio Colin-Mondragon is a walking miracle. Although his pain is excruciating, he's grateful.
"It's a blessing I'm still alive. Luckily, I can still walk. I'm in crazy pain but I'm still alive and that's all that matters," he said.
Colin-Mondragon was using the flashlight on his phone to help cars see him but says he should've looked twice.
"At first, I told myself I'm going to die. I thought I was going to die and I didn't. And then I told myself I can't die like this. I can't die like this. I can't die like this," said Colin-Mondragon.
His neighbor's surveillance video shows the vehicle throwing Colin-Mondragon in the air. He skidded across the pavement and the driver kept going. Another driver who witnessed the accident pulled over and ran to him, holding him until paramedics arrived.
Surprisingly, the 27-year old has no broken bones but road burns all over his body and face and says he hurts beyond belief. "I go throughout my day and sometimes there are times when the pain just gets to me and I just want to scream. But I'm doing my best to hold on. I've gotta be grateful that I'm still alive."
Colin-Mondragon admits he was jaywalking but says that doesn't excuse a human being from leaving him on the side of the road. Police are investigating but so far, officers have limited leads on who hit him. "If you're watching, man, the same way I man up on my wrongs, man up on your wrongs. That's all I say."
Police ask anyone with information on who hit Colin-Mondragon to please call LAPD.