Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The family of a Columbia hit and run victim said they are devastated.
Investigators said Michael Mobely hit Cindy Latorre who was on a moped back on October 11 on Highway 277 near Parklane Road.
Police said Mobely fled the scene. He turned himself in Wednesday.
Latorre has been recovering at Intensive Care Unit at the Augusta Burn Center.
She has third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body, a collapsed lung, and multiple broken bones.
She has had more than a dozen surgeries and will have to learn how to walk, swallow and eat again.
She has had multiple transfusions and is also fighting a blood infection.
Her family says the hardest part is figuring out why someone would leave their loved one to suffer.
“She said ‘did you ask him why?’ And I said ‘no I didn’t see him’ and she said ‘why, why he did this to me, why he left me like that?’ And that’s the same question we have all had since October 11,” Cindy Ortiz, the victim’s sister said. “Why couldn’t he stop and help her? If it’s not because of the good Samaritans, my sister would be dead. “
Latorre has a five-year-old daughter and could not be there for her daughter’s birthday party.
“She will never get that day back,” Ortiz said.
Mobely had his bond hearing Thursday. His bond was set at $25,000 today and he also cannot have any contact with the victim or her family.
“I still see no remorse in his face,” Ortiz said.
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