Durham’s father seriously injured in motorbike hit-and-run accident

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – Durham police are seeking information from the public about a Friday night hit-and-run motorcycle accident that left a father seriously injured.

Andrew “Andy” Parks, 60, was riding his motorbike home on Academy Road near the intersection of Chapel Hill Boulevard on Friday evening around 10:30 p.m. when he was struck by what witnesses said was a dark-colored SUV, according to Durham Police.

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The police are still investigating the causes of the accident, but the driver of the SUV fled.

Adam Parks, son of Andy Parks, said his father was in critical condition and almost all of his father’s bones were broken. Adam’s family confirmed that when the collision took place he was wearing a helmet.

“He has a fractured skull, a broken pelvis and broken arms, but the brain injury is the most upsetting thing,” Parks said. “Because they don’t know what’s going to come back, like how much of him is going to be there when he wakes up. It’s the hardest part, it’s not having an answer.

Durham Police said they are asking that if anyone has any information about the accident that they contact them.

Investigators are also urging all drivers to pull over if they find themselves in this situation, as you could be helping save that person’s life.

“It’s important no matter what you hit, to stop,” said Durham Police Investigator Joseph Colquitt.

“You might get in some trouble, but it’s much worse if you leave. The family may never be closed and justice may never be done,” Colquitt added.

Adam Parks also has a message for the driver who ran over his father.

“Everyone is really devastated by this,” Parks said. “I want this person to surrender. They are making the situation worse by not surrendering.”

Anyone who may have information about this accident is asked to contact Investigator Colquitt at 919-560-4935, ext. 29450 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in crime cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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