Family comes face to face with hit and run suspect
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) ---On Thursday the family of Cindy Latorre were in a Richland County Courtroom, face to face with the man police said severely injured her in a hit and run crash.
Right now she can't speak for herself. Last month, troopers said Latorre was hit while driving her moped on Highway 277 near Parklane Road. A day after WACH FOX shared a picture of the accused suspect, Michael Mobley turned himself in.
On Thursday, Diana Ortiz said her sister had her thirteenth surgery since the crash. "As of now I still see no remorse in his face,” Ortiz said. “At no point did he turn around and say to the family, I am sorry."
Pictures from the family show the extent of her injuries. Ortiz said she's fighting an infection in her blood right now. She also suffers multiple pelvic fractures, lacerations to the spleen, 3rd-degree burns on 40 percent of her body, a broken left arm, a dislocated hip and fractured ribs.
Through translation, their father said he wishes things were different. This year the family said Latorre's daughter celebrated her 5th birthday without her mom. “Yes I am angry, I am angry for my sister and for my niece going without her mother,” Ortiz said. “Because at this point she's a baby, and my sister feels like she's going to think that she abandoned her."
Cindy Latorre is expected to have more surgeries as she recovers from her injuries. Her family said she would have to learn to walk and talk all over. A judge set Michael Mobley's bond at $25,000. He is ordered not to make contact with the family.