Since January 11th, Richard Hicks' family has held vigil at his hospital bed, waiting for the 25-year-old to come out of a coma. Hicks also suffered multiple fractures to his face and shoulder. According to his family, all of his ribs are broken, his leg, ankle, hip and pelvis are also broken.
"The main thing that everyone is concerned about is the brain because there's no way of knowing how long he'll stay unconscious," said Robert Hicks, Richard's father.
Richard Hicks was hit as he walked on the shoulder of Route 157, near Mooney Creek Lane in Madison County. A witness told Illinois State Police that the driver of a large, silver Ford SUV or truck hit Hicks then kept driver. The vehicle dragged Hicks 960 feet until Hicks fell onto the road. Hicks was then struck a second time by a passing snow plow.
The snow plow operator and witness stopped and called 911. The driver of the vehicle that initially hit Hicks sped away.
"He just kept going. I don't know what kind of person could do that," said Robert Hicks.
Troopers believe the driver had to have known that he or she hit someone. There was damage to the vehicle. A Ford emblem and grill were left behind at the scene.
"We believe somebody out there that knows something. Somebody's got a friend who has, all of a sudden, stopped driving their silver Ford truck or silver Ford SUV, or they've taken it to get some work done on it," said Trooper Mike Link.
The Hicks family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit and run driver.
Anyone with information is asked to call Illinois State Police Trooper Kris Gebke at 618-346-3651.