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Vancouver man recovers after he's hit along SR 14

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man is in the hospital after a car backed into him and then took off.

The strange crash happened along State Route 14 near Lieser Road around 2:30 a.m.

The victim was only a few minutes away from home when that car slammed into him.

It was supposed to be a quick drive home from work but Steve Johnson says on the drive home, his car started to give him some electrical problems, so he pulled over near mile post 4.

"I waited for the traffic to go by, stepped out, popped my hood open and when I popped the hood open I heard someone come up next to the car fairly close," said Johnson.

Johnson said the car pulled up ahead of him and he thought it was there to help.

"I was working under the hood and I was between my car and that car and then they threw it in reverse and pretty much hit me at probably close to 20 mph and pinned me between the two cars," added Johnson.

That's when Johnson yelled as he fell to the ground hitting his head on the car's bumper.

He says he watched as the car moved up about 50 yards and waited for a second, before it took off.

"I couldn't get on my feet and had to drag myself around the car and into SR 14 traffic to get back into the car," Johnson said.

Johnson now has a broken leg and other bruises.

The crash was so odd he isn't sure what to make of it.

"I think someone was intoxicated, maybe they meant well and stopped to help me out but maybe misjudged it or was misguided it, or whatever," said Johnson.

He is now trying to get better and understand how someone could just hit him and then take off.

"I work hard just like everybody else and I have a kid at home. I work my butt off to keep myself taken care of and I wish you would have stopped," said Johnson.

The car had tinted windows and Johnson said so he couldn't see the driver.

The car was similar to a late 1990s Ford Mustang that was either green or teal in color and had Washington plates.

Troopers are looking for witnesses who may have seen the whole thing happen. If you have any information on this case or recognize the car you're asked to call Washington State Patrol at 360-449-7999.

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