Moped driver struck in hit-and-run undergoes eighth surgery, SCHP investigates

PROVIDED BY Diana Diana Ortiz

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Cindy Latoree is still in the hospital after a severe hit-and-run incident knocked her off of her moped on the highway.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the 27-year-old was driving her moped when a Dodge pickup truck collided with her.

The wreck happened just before 1 a.m. Oct. 11 on Highway 277 near the Parklane Road exit.

Highway Patrol officials say the impact of the crash ejected Latoree and the truck driver quickly left the scene.

Her sister Diana Ortiz says she's being treated at the Augusta Burn Center and went through her eighth surgery Monday afternoon.

Latoree's sister also says she experienced multiple fractures to her leg, a broken arm, third degree burns, punctured lungs and is on a respirator.

Through this tragedy the family says there is one person they want to thank.

But there was one person I just wish I can meet this man because if it weren't because of him, my sister would be dead

According to the family, a stranger saw Lotorre's body, put his car into reverse and used his car to block off the roadway so that no one would hit her.

When he saw the body, he went reverse and put his car to block anybody else from hitting her. I pray one day I get to meet him and shake his hand because he's the reason she still has a chance."

As of now, officials do not know the driver of the truck and Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

The family is looking for help identifying the driver who hit Lotoree as well as the driver who stopped to care for her.

If you have any information about this incident you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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