Firefighter still recovering 15 months after hit-and-run - - Columbia, South Carolina

Former firefighter still recovering 15 months after hit-and-run

Travis Kinley (Source: Columbia-Richland Fire Dept.) Travis Kinley (Source: Columbia-Richland Fire Dept.)

Columbia firefighter Travis Kinley was riding his bike to work in July of 2011 when South Carolina Highway Patrol officers say a driver hit him from behind on Bluff Rd. near Interstate 77.

He was thrown off his bicycle.

Another driver ran over Kinley but stayed to help. The first driver took off, and more than a year later, hasn't been found.

Kinley has undergone several surgeries to repair his back and ankle, but he says his body is not the same.

The accident ended his career as a firefighter.

Kinley says he's not upset. Emotionally, he says he's moved on.

He has this message for the driver who nearly killed him:

"I would just let them know who I am," said Kinley. "The person you hit is an actually person. We are all people with minds and emotions."

Investigators have not found the vehicle or the driver that hit Kinley.  They do not have a clear description of the vehicle. 

If you know anything that can help, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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