By SHERI GASSAWAY
Doug Hindle, a 24-year member of Laborers’ Local 110 critically injured in a hit-and-run incident in Affton, is continuing to fight for his life nearly three weeks later.
Hindle, who was set to retire June 1, was working on a paving project on May 18 near Heege Road and New Hampshire Avenue when he was struck and run over by a pick-up truck that fled the scene around 12:45 a.m.
His injuries included a ruptured aorta, fractures in his arms, legs, hands and ribs, a torn intestine, a broken pelvis, bruised kidneys, bleeding from the brain and second- and third-degree asphalt burns on much of his body. He has undergone multiple surgeries.
At Labor Tribune press time Monday, he was still unconscious in the intensive care unit and being treated for pneumonia and another infection.
DAUGHTER ASKS FOR CONTINUED PRAYERS
Hindle’s daughter, Sarah Lange, started a You Caring account to help the family with expenses. To date, $4,675 has been donated. Lange has been providing daily updates on her dad on the website.
She asked for continued prayers and said she was amazed at how far he has come and continues to go.
“My dad sure is a fighter and a damn good one at that,” Lange wrote. “All we need is for that brain to wake up and all this infection to leave his body. Small bumps are going to happen as long as they do not become big bumps. And we will take the small ones any day over the big ones.”
On May 25, Hindle’s wife Kathy asked the public for its help in finding the person responsible for the incident.
Sgt. Sean McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, said that resulted in a couple leads detectives are investigating, but that there is nothing breaking in the case so far.
$5,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION
Laborers’ Local 110 is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers is also offering up to $1,000 for information on the incident as it does for all felony cases.
The vehicle involved in the incident is described as a Chevy or GMC white extended cab pick-up truck. It has front end damage and may be missing a driver’s side headlight. Police do not have a description of the driver.
Anyone with information is urged to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.