Another hit-and-run victim seeking justice

Many of you are talking about hit-and-run crashes on our FOX 7 Facebook page.

On Tuesday we shared the dramatic story of a motorcylist recently hit by a vehicle in Manor. In that case, the driver finally came forward. Now, many other people want the same justice.

With traffic continuing to grow here in Austin, hit-and-run crashes continue to happen. Austin Police say it's a hard crime to prove, but many families aren't giving up hope.

From one hit-and-run crash to another, they are all the same.

"Every time I blink, I see me crashing into him," says Michael Lang, hit-and-run victim.

The lives of the victim and their families are forever changed.

"I used to run, I can't run anymore," says Keith Brandon, hit-and-run victim.

It was Tuesday when FOX 7 brought you an update on the motorcyclist who was left critically injured after being hit nearly two weeks ago in Manor.

The runaway driver confessed to authorities and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 35-year-old Michael Lang is hoping no one else will have to go through what he has four surgeries and more to come.

"He may go to jail, he may not go to jail but his life will always be the same. He will always be able to walk, talk and chew gum," says Lang.

After watching our story Aleasha Brandon reached out to the Lang family. She was showing her support for a situation that hits home.

It was April 2012 when her husband, Keith Brandon, rode his motorcycle from Austin to South Padre to attend a bike rally. It was on the last day when things took a turn for the worst.

"A car ran the red light coming the other direction and he ended up hitting the driver's side door. The car did speed off," says Aleasha Brandon, wife of Keith.

Keith had two brain surgeries within the first 48 hours. His thought process will never be the same.

"His brain resets every day. You don't know if it's going to be in 5 minutes, in 10 minutes, 2 hours or 3 hours. Every day is different. Every minute of every day is different," says Keith's wife.

Doctors did not think he would survive but he is standing here today.

"I just live on - right now and the rest of my great life, with the great family I created, my wonderful wife and my two boys. I'm just happy with life and I do know for a fact that it could have been worse," says Keith Brandon.

In 2013, APD saw the crime skyrocket. They had to form a new unit to handle all the cases, which was around 800 a month. We're told those cases are hard to prove, many not ending with a resolution.

"In one way or another, it's going to come back on them whether they expect it or they least expect it. That's life," says Keith Brandon. Keith and his wife hope that day will come.

"I feel like they get off easy. I feel like not only should they have to serve an extended jail period but I feel like they should have to volunteer at a brain center or a nursing home, where most of these folks end up," says Aleasha.
 

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