AUSTIN (KXAN) - Two friends are recovering after being the victims of a hit-and-run driver who ran into them while they were on their bicycles. Austin Police are still looking for the driver of the car who took off.
It happened Sunday around 9:30 p.m. on South 1st Street at Gibson Street.
Zohar Gewing-Derechinsky and Lindsay Goeldner left the hospital really late that night, maybe early Monday morning. They're feeling a good deal of pain, but are helping each other feel a little better.
"I was hit from my left side," said Gewing-Derechinsky. "My jaw, my hand, my foot...it's very bruised and swollen. That's why I'm on crutches."
Gewing-Derechinsky, 24, also has a staple in the back of her head and a bruised tailbone. She wasn't wearing a helmet.
Her friend Lindsay was.
"I was hit in the elbow," said Goeldner. "There's a lot of road rash and it's really swollen."
The 22-year-old from Toronto was visiting Gewing--Derechinsky, who lives in South Austin. The two talked about the incident that left them bruised and hurting.
"[The car] came from behind. I was riding in front of Lindsay," said Gewing-Derechinsky. "She was about 10 feet behind, and it hit her first, and then me, and then sped off from the scene."
"I didn't understand that I was hit until I hit the ground and saw [Zohar], Goeldner said. "She actually fell onto the street."
Within minutes the friends were on stretchers in an ambulance.
"I just wanted to know if she was alright, because, I didn't know what happened," said Gewing-Derechinsky. "I couldn't see her."
As the two heal up and get their strength back, they can't help but wonder who was driving that car.
"If a driver had just hit me and stopped, that makes sense," Goeldner said. "To hit her as well, and then speed off...yea, now I'm just angry."
The two say they would like to see bike lanes on South 1st Street and better lighting. They also want drivers to be more responsible and avoid distractions.
Austin Police are looking for a white or cream/beige colored sedan. The car lost its right side view mirror.
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