Eau Claire hit and run victim in coma, family looking for answers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - A 23-year-old Eau Claire man is in a coma, as his family pleads for help.

Zach Kerska was hit by a vehicle while walking on Seymour Road, Friday night.

That driver took off and police are searching for a suspect.

He's in a coma and had part of his skull removed as his brain swells.

Family said Zach was hit from behind, and police still have no description of a vehicle or suspect. His family said they're hoping for a speedy recovery and for someone to come forward.

The family extending from Kenosha, to Whitehall to Eau Claire is waiting for answers, from police, and more importantly from a hospital bed.

“It's a good sign that he's making movement but that don't mean that he's gonna wake up,” Shannan Kerska said.

Zach Kerska was walking from his home to his wife's sister's place on Seymour road Friday, when the vehicle struck him and left the scene.

“I thought they could have at least had the decency to stop. To make sure he got the help that he needed,” Zach’s dad, Ronald Kerska said.

“How could somebody do this, and just hit him and leave?” Betty Olson, Zach’s sister-in-law said.

Shannan Kerska, his wife of 26 days, has stood by his side at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

“I can't go home without him,” Shannan said.

"They did a CT scan. His brain is still swollen and they did brain surgery right away when he got here because he had tons of blood on his brain. They removed his whole skull on the right side to give it room to swell up,” she said.

With some brain damage and in a coma, his two-year-old daughter Kaily, and the rest of his family are waiting to hear his voice.

“He makes sure you're smiling even if he’s having a bad day. Everybody else always comes first,” Shannan said.

“My daughter's been asking for him non-stop and we just keep telling her that he's sleeping.”

“People need to own up to what they did. And yes they made a mistake. They should just come out and say yeah, I did it, and suffer the consequences,” Olson said.

“I just want them to find the person that did it and for him to wake up,” Shannan said.

Police said the vehicle may have damage on its front right side. They said anyone who's seen or heard anything that might help identify who's responsible should contact them at 715-839-4761.

For updates on Zach's condition or to make a donation click here to go to his caringbridge page.

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