Hit and run victim's wife hopes paint chip can help find suspect

VICKSBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There's new information on a hit-and-run crash that nearly killed a Vicksburg man.

Last month, he was riding a motorcycle when he was sideswiped by a car and left for dead. Now, his family hopes the driver who hit him turns himself into police. A new clue may help them find the suspect.

Scott Phillips tells Newschannel 3 he never got a good description of the car that hit him while he was driving his motorcycle home from work.

It was July 8, just before 11:30 p.m. He was on XY Ave. near 14th Street in Vicksburg, driving over a small hill, when the car sideswiped him.

With a broken ankle, Phillips somehow kept his Harley upright and drove himself to the emergency room. That's when his wife, Jamie, tells Newschannel 3 a Good Samaritan heard what happened and decided to help.

"That individual went back out to the scene and found a green paint chip, along with his permit that was missing out of his wallet, that was laying right next to it," Jamie Phillips explains.

Seeing the paint chip was too much for her to handle. "Honestly, I started crying. It was very emotional for me to see that paint chip and still wonder who actually did this," she says.

Today, Scott's cast is off, but the pain of not knowing who almost killed him is still sharp for the Phillips.

"I feel like, if you did something that unfortunately occurred like this, you really need to look deep within yourself and step forward," Jamie says.

Phillips is hoping someone will notice a car matching this color -- with driver's side damage -- and call police.

Jamie says she took the paint chips to an auto body shop. They match several makes and models, including a 1998 Plymouth Voyager and Breeze; 1998 Dodge Caravan, Stratus and Neon; 1998 Chrysler Cirrus, Sebring convertible and Town and Country.

They also match the 1999 Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Neon and Chrysler Town and Country.