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Man hospitalized after hit-and-run; family seeks answers

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A local family is angered and hurt after a 44-year-old man with down syndrome became the victim of a hit-and-run just yards from his apartment.

The family of Rocco Zito said he is recovering in the intensive care unit at Flint's Hurley Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle on Friday. He sustained a number of shattered ribs from the incident.

It happened around dusk on Friday on Miller Road near I-75 in Flint Township.

"Sympathy for rock and outrage," said Trish Zito-Smith, Zito's mother.

Trish and Mike Smith are filled with heartache and frustration. They said last Friday someone hit their son and drove away.

"If they would have just stopped. The fact is the person just sped off," Mike Smith said.

The Smiths said Zito has down syndrome and was crossing Miller Road near the old K-Mart in Flint Township about 6 p.m.

Trish Smith said police told her witnesses saw a maroon pickup truck flee the scene.

TV5 contacted Flint Township police to get more information, but have not heard back.

Zito is currently recovering at Hurley Hospital. His parents said he has a long road to recovery.

"The right side is displaced, broken tailbone, lacerated kidney. It's got black and blue eyes. He's all scraped up and hurt," Trish Smith said.

She said her son is an independent man who lives by himself and works three jobs. Now she wonders how this is going to change his life.

"You're talking about somebody who has his life, who has his routines. It's all disrupted. It's all up in the air," she said.

The Smiths said they are putting up a generous reward to find out who hit their son. They are now praying their only son will be able to get back on his feet.

"All his plans are all out the window for now," Trish Smith said.

If you have any information on the incident call Flint Township police or Crime Stoppers.

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