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A Valley father says a hit-and-run driver put his daughter in the hospital. He's now taking the investigation into his own hands, because he says police aren't doing enough.
Chelsea Lippens, 19, needs a kidney transplant after betting hit by car. Two weeks ago she was a healthy teenager. Now she needs dialysis to live.
"I might have just died. They left me there to die. It's not right, and it's cowardly," said Lippens.
Chelsea was riding her bike to work at about 3:45 in the morning on March 19, eastbound on Bell Road near Citrus, when she was hit by a car.
She doesn't remember anything about the collision.
"The next thing I remember I am on the sidewalk all my stuff is on the ground," Lippens said.
While blacked out, she managed to call her father, who drove down her route to work and found her sitting on the sidewalk in the rain.
Alex McDonald, who served seven tours of duty as a Marine, didn't initially see any trauma, but as he was taking her home she started to complain about feeling pain in her back. They called 911 and she was rushed to the hospital where she almost died from internal bleeding and kidney failure.
"It was the most gut-wrenching feeling in the world. I am helpless in this. There is nothing I can do," said McDonald.
But one thing he can do is investigate. Frustrated with what he said is the slow pace of the Surprise Police investigation, he went back to the scene himself and gathered evidence like bits of car parts and handed them over to police. He also asked local businesses for surveillance video.
"This individual decided to hit my daughter and leave her on the side of the road to die. I'm not having that," McDonald said.
Surprise Police said they are investigating the case as a hit-and-run, but so far they have no leads and all of the surveillance video has not turned up anything helpful. They are asking for the public's help.
Chelsea is now trying to get strong enough for a kidney transplant.