Mother asking for public’s help to find suspect in son’s hit and run

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MOLINE, Illinois - On March 18th a vehicle hit Branden while he was walking in the 1500 block of 40th Avenue in Moline. He doesn't remember much from that night so his mother is asking the public to keep their eyes and ears open.

"All in all he's a good kid, he's a hard worker and I just hope that the community can come together and find this person for him," said Sandy LeMaster, Branden's mom.

She said her son's a good dad who loves his children and is not able to care for them right now with his injuries.  "He has 3 little boys and he misses them terribly," said LeMaster.

Police have no witnesses and for this loving mother it hasn't been easy, "It's one day at a time, one day at a time," said LeMaster.

Branden has been in the hospital since the accident recovering from severe head trauma, a broken ankle and road rash among his many injuries.

"One minute he'll remember something and the next minute he doesn't, his short term memory's not there," said LeMaster.

She's begging whoever did this to turn themselves in, "Think in the back of your mind if it was your child, or if it happened to you, you would wanna know," said LeMaster.

“With no witnesses to the accident we are appealing to the public for help,” read the Crime Stoppers statement.  “Any information at this time would be helpful to Sheriff’s investigators.”  The statement noted that damage to the suspect vehicle could be on the passenger side and there may be broken glass.

Call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 if you know anything. You can stay anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest, you could get up to a $1,000 cash reward.

There's a Go Fund Me page set up for Branden to help cover the medical expenses that insurance can't, you can Donate Here. You can also donate by going to the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union and saying you would like to donate to the 'hit and run victim.'

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