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Father of Montana hit-and-run victim wants answers: 'They left my son to die'

"He was trying to crawl up on the road and wave somebody down," Michael Carson said
Posted at 6:00 PM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 20:33:11-05

BILLINGS — A Yellowstone County man underwent surgery Monday after being struck on the side of Highway 312 early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident.

Zachary Carson, 31 years old, was walking home from Ballantine toward Huntley at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to his father Michael Carson.

Zachary was hit by a car about 100 feet north of North 13th Road in Worden and tossed into the ditch beside the highway.

After coming to, Carson struggled to find help.

"He was trying to crawl up on the road and wave somebody down," Michael Carson said. "He just happened to slide over his phone, and that’s when he called me."

Luckily for Zachary, his dad answered that call, because he wouldn’t get another chance.

"He was only able to make one phone call and then his phone went dead," Michael said. "Something was watching over him."

Zachary Carson
Zachary Carson, 31, was injured in a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning on Highway 312 between Worden and Huntley.

After receiving his son's phone call, Michael called 911 and said there were numerous police cars on scene by the time he and his neighbors arrived. An officer got Zachary into a car with a blanket wrapped around him to get him out of the cold rain. An ambulance eventually transported him to St. Vincent's hospital in Billings.

"My biggest worry was that he had internal injuries, that he was bleeding inside," Michael said.

Doctors cleared that concern, but Zachary was taken into surgery for heavy damage to his left leg. He’s expected to make a recovery, so now dad's attention has turned to the driver.

"His medical bills are going to be extravagant, so if he has insurance, I want him to pay for it," Michael said. "But I want the guy to be punished for leaving my son on the side of the road to die. That was my son. I wish you would be a gentleman and turn yourself in."

Zachary did not get a look at the car, according to his dad. The Montana Highway Patrol has not provided any details on a suspect as of now.

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Zachary Carson was hit about 100 feet north of N. 13th Road in Worden, according to his father Michael.