Glen Carbon dad critically injured in hit-and-run
A Glen Carbon man was still in critical condition Wednesday after being struck in a hit-and-run in Collinsville on Saturday, and a $10,000 reward was offered for information regarding the incident.
Shane Briggs, 28, was struck by a car from behind while walking along Collinsville Road near the Fairmount Park horse track at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Collinsville police said. Briggs, who has a 6-year-old son, had serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Briggs’ family was searching for the person who hit Briggs and was offering a reward for information leading to the person’s arrest.
Donna Warnecke, Briggs’ mother, said she and Tracy Holeman, his stepfather, called Bob Romanik’s radio show to “put it out on the airwaves” that they had $1,000 to offer for a reward. She said Romanik offered $9,000 to make the reward $10,000.
“He is a kind-hearted man,” she said of Romanik.
The driver, who fled the scene, had not been found as of Wednesday afternoon, Collinsville Assistant Chief Brett Boerm said.
According to police, a witness said a white SUV hit Briggs. Briggs’ family, however, said the vehicle may have been either an SUV or a large truck.
A family member said Briggs was walking to his brother’s house when he was hit.
The family member said Briggs was fighting for his life in an intensive care unit, went into cardiac arrest four times in 48 hours and was in a medically induced coma. She said he has two chest tubes, broken ribs and a lacerated liver.
A GoFundMe page for Briggs raised nearly $1,500 as of Wednesday evening.