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Clifton Park family wants hit-and-run driver brought to justice

October 29, 2018 06:16 PM

CLIFTON PARK -- 21-year-old Michael Novenche was walking home from a friend's house Saturday night at about 11:30 pm when he was hit by a car. 

Police say Michael was in a crosswalk at Crescent and Lapp Roads in Clifton Park, when a driver smashed into him and took off. 

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The family is grateful to a nearby Uber driver and nurse passenger who rushed to help. 

His parents are by his side at the hospital;  his brothers, Joe and John, rushed home from Canisius. 

"His whole life he's been battling a brain tumor," said Michael's brother, John Novenche.  "He's had three brain surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy, and has left side weakness.  Because of that, he doesn't drive, so he walks everywhere he goes.  A lot of people in the community see him all over the place."

We first reported on Michael 18 years ago, when hundreds of people packed a fundraiser for the little boy.

Michael has always been optimistic and upbeat. 

Now, at 21 years old, for the first time, he was just cleared to stay out hospitals for a while, when this crash put him back in one. 

State police are looking for a 2007 to 2010 silver blue Hyundai Santa Fe.  There would be extensive damage to the front passenger side. 

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (518) 583-7000.

"Hit and run.  They didn't hit someone in a car.  They hit a human being walking across the street," said John.  "People need to be held accountable for that.  It's horrible and tragic and something that my family has to deal with now.  And all he was doing was coming back from a friend's house."

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Kumi Tucker

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