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Published January 18 2010

UPDATE: Fargo hit-and-run victim talks: ‘I wish they would have stopped’

UPDATED 4:10 p.m.

FARGO – A 25-year-old Fargo man seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday spoke to the media today for the first time since the incident, saying he’s hopeful the driver will turn himself or herself in to police.

Speaking from his bed at MeritCare Hospital, Justin Bohmer said he is upset about the incident, but added, “it’s not going to help me to kick or scream or anything.”

“I wish they would have stopped, but they didn’t, so that’s on them,” he said of the driver.

Bohmer, who sustained a severe cut to the head, three broken vertebrae and a broken right arm, said he still doesn’t remember anything about the inci-dent.

He said he and a friend had been playing music at The Aquarium nightclub in downtown Fargo that night.

“Then we went back to his place, and then I left to go home and then I woke up in the hospital the next day,” he said.

His father, Dan Bohmer, has previously said his son believes he left his friend’s place about 2 or 2:30 a.m. A passer-by reported finding Justin Bohmer bleeding in the middle of Eighth Street about 4:43 a.m.

This afternoon, after his dad helped him into a back brace, Justin Bohmer got out of bed this afternoon and showed reporters he is able to walk on his own.

He said he’s received a lot of support from family and friends.

“It’s been pretty great,” he said.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who hit him is up to more than $5,000, his father said.