Man severely injured by hit-and-run driver at Stock Show; police looking for driver

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Isasc Wak Wak

Isasc Wak Wak

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DENVER — A Denver man hit by a car asks for help to find the driver who left him for dead Sunday night.

Isaac Wak Wak, 71, is recovering at Denver Health Medical Center with multiple broken bones.

He was run over as he walked to his car after the Denver Stock Show about 6 p.m.

“He has this beautiful smile on him. It’s contagious,” said Wak Wak’s sister, Diane Yankton.

But Wak Wak’s shining smile is overshadowed right now by a painful grimace.

“He has broken bones in both legs, dislocation of his knee, both his arms are broken, breaks in his pelvis,” Yankton said.

He was was hit by a car on the final night of the stock show.

“He is there from the minute it opens, until the day it closes. It’s his passion. He loves it,” she said.

He had just been dropped off at the shuttle lot and was walking to his car on Franklin Street and East 58th Avenue.

He never made it there.

A witness heard a car skid about 30 feet and turned to see Wak Wak fly in the air.

“How can anybody that’s a human being, with a heart, how could they not stop? How could they not stop?” questions Yankton.

It’s a question Wak Wak also asks from his hospital bed.

“The one thing I’m really upset about is they didn’t care, and that’s got to stop. You’ve got to start taking responsibility for your actions,” he says.

Wak Wak is an active member of the Colville tribe and takes great pride in his heritage and customs– participating in cultural dance ceremonies and Pow Wows.

His sister worries his injuries will significantly sideline him.

“This is going to have a huge impact on his life it going to take him a long time to recover,” she said.

A recovery that could be more frustrating should the State Patrol not catch the elusive driver.

“I’m very upset with them. And they should care. Somewhere along the way they are going to get theirs,” Wak Wak said from his hosptital bed.

Two witnesses have come forward that give a better description of the hit-and-run car.

They say it’s a foreign, souped-up, sporty sedan, dark–possibly black–with a spoiler on the back. A witness says it looks similar to the spoiler in the picture at left.

And it should have damage to its front end.

The witnesses say there was also a white pickup driving in the opposite direction when the accident happened. They hope that witness will come forward. They also suspect riders of the shuttle may have seen something.

If you see the suspect’s car, call the State Patrol.

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