Hit-and-run victim suffers as driver remains free

- Last October was already the worst time in Connor Bolton's life. His fiance left him and he went into a tailspin.

"The entire week, [I] just watched TV, sat on the couch, didn't eat," he recalled.

Finally, for a distraction, he decided to ride his bike to the movies.

"I have no memory of the actual day," said Bolton. "All I know is I wanted to see Bladerunner."

Police say he was hit head-on while in the bike lane on 1st Avenue N.

He woke up a month later.

"I had all these tubes in me," he said. "There were all these bags of medicine and there was a weight hooked onto my leg."

He has endured numerous surgeries to repair broken bones and has lost 40 pounds.

"Both my quad muscles are gone, they have atrophied," Bolton explained.

The effects of brain damage linger.

"I have forgotten entire years of my childhood. I forget even the faces of my family sometimes," he said.

His life is on hold.

"I am out of school for an entire year. I lost my job, I had to leave it," he said. "I can't see my friends, I can't see anyone. It's pretty lonely."

Equally difficult are the realities of the investigation: Despite having impounded the car and knowing who it's registered to, St. Pete police need proof of who was driving.

"If anyone has any evidence, any proof, like they saw something, I would encourage them to please contact the police immediately," said Bolton. "It is not fair that he is able to do this, leave me in the street and just go on with his life."

Bolton is hopeful he will walk again and plans to return to St. Pete College to pursue a degree in environmental science. 

Tragedy has changed so much for him, including perspective.

"I would say I am lucky," he said. "They say I was very close to death."

Police say anyone who has information regarding this case can be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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