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Families of pedestrian hit-and-run victims hope suspect will turn himself in

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Crash site on Peeples Street Crash site on Peeples Street

The families of two women who were seriously injured Friday night by a hit-and-run driver are hopeful the suspect will turn himself in.

An Atlanta police spokesman said late Monday afternoon they still do not have any leads in their search for the man, who is suspected of stealing a car from an AVIS rental lot.

After the suspect ran the Ford vehicle into a brick wall near a park on Peeples Street just before midnight Friday, several neighbors reported seeing him run away from the scene.

Adrienne Smith, 22, and Brianna Johnson, 21, were sitting on the wall when the vehicle ran into them.

Smith was pinned beneath the car and later had to have part of her left leg amputated. Johnson suffered a crushed pelvis, and her mother said she will need to undergo intense therapy to have any chance of walking again.

"We are strong people, and we will survive," said Johnson's mother, Jane Post. She followed with a plea for the driver. "You need to turn yourself in, and go ahead and get this over with. Because it's not fair to our family for you to be running out free while our children are in a hospital bed."

The families of both women said they will have to face massive hospital and other medical bills as a result of the accident.  If you are interested in donating to help with their expenses, the families said they have set up new accounts at Wells Fargo.

You can call any bank branch in the metro Atlanta area and ask about the accounts for Brianna Johnson and Adrienne Smith.

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