Teen nearly killed in hit-and-run forgives driver from hospital bed

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PHOENIX --- A West Valley teenager is recovering from an especially horrific hit-and-run crash.

Chris Carpenter was crossing Indian School Road Sunday night, around 8:45pm, when he was hit by a car.It happened west of the Loop 101, near 107th Avenue. Carpenter's head and torso smashed through the windshield. The jagged glass dug into his stomach, trapping him halfway inside the vehicle.

"I remember walking, then my head going through the windshield. I remember trying to get out of the glass, pushing up. All the glass was cutting my arms," he said, from his bed at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. "That's all I remember. I'm like, 'How am I in a windshield?' I was pulling glass out of my stomach. It was so painful," he added.

The driver did not immediately stop, and drove another 420 feet with Carpenter on the hood, until finally pulling over. The man pulled Carpenter off of his car, and tried to prop him up. Due to a compound fracture in his right leg, Carpenter collapsed, and the driver took off.

"He was speechless. If anything, he was in shock, I think. I yelled to him repeatedly, 'Where are you going? Take me to the hospital! Obviously I can't walk!' I was in pain, and the dude didn't care. He just drove off," Carpenter said.

In addition to the broken leg, Carpenter suffered many deep gashes on his arms and torso. "If [the driver watches this story], I'd say, 'I forgive you.' I'm not going to hold a grudge. It wouldn't make me any better than he is."

Detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office say they are looking for a dark four-door sedan, similar to a Honda Civic, which has hood and windshield damage. They believe the driver was a black male, but have no further details.