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Couple left for dead after motorcycle accident asking fleeing motorist to come forward

On Saturday afternoon, Newschannel 3 sat down with two people who were injured after being thrown from a motorcycle Friday night on US-131 in Schoolcraft. (WWMT/FILE)

On Saturday afternoon, Newschannel 3 sat down with two people who were injured after being thrown from a motorcycle Friday night on US-131 in Schoolcraft.

Michigan State Police said they are still looking for the driver of the vehicle they collided with who fled the scene.

One of the victims, Elizabeth Potts, is in intensive care at Bronson Hospital. She said she only remembers slamming into a car who pulled in front of her on that fateful night.

Potts considers herself lucky to be alive and wants the driver who fled and left them for dead to pay for taking off.

The South Bend, Indiana resident was headed home with her boyfriend, Merle Kauffman, on his motorcycle.

“The car coming from the right just slowly kept rolling through the intersection,” Kauffman said.

Kaufman says he hit his breaks to avoid hitting a sedan, but lost control and slammed into the back of the car.

“It's very emotional because this person pulled out in front of us,” Potts said.

The couple were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash and were thrown from the bike.

“When I came to, I was looking for a car or somebody there to see if there was a car, but there was nothing there,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman says he stumbled into the roadway and flagged down someone to help. The couple was taken to the hospital once medical personnel arrived.

“It just blows my mind that somebody could leave the scene after hitting a motorcycle,” Kauffman said.

Potts says she woke up Saturday morning after undergoing four hours of surgery.

“I almost lost my leg, you know, from the knee down which is pretty scary and I'm in a lot of pain right now,” Potts said.

Potts said it may take nearly a year to recover. Meanwhile, the couple wants whoever is responsible to come forward.

“You just leave two people laying there in the middle of the road, like, it's just unbelievable to me. I just can't believe that someone is that heartless,” she said.

Potts could be discharged from the hospital as early as Tuesday.

Police said the at fault vehicle is a dark colored, four door sedan that may have minor damage to the rear driver side. Anyone with information is asked to call Michigan State Police right away.

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