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Hit-and-run victim gets help from the community

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Burritos and bikes don't appear to have a lot in common, unless you put Piper Dixon in the mix.

The cook at Laughing Planet Cafe in SW Portland was riding home on Saint Patrick's night when he says a car ran right into him near Capital Highway and 40th.

"They quickly swerved back over, hit me and I went down face first into the driveway. Come up dazed, blood dripping, look up and there's no car around," Dixon said.

Police were able to find some clues, like light blue car paint on Dixon's bike.        

Dixon didn't get a good look at the car, but he does remember seeing blood stream down his face.

"It's complete and total shock. I mean ‘cuz it's like you never expect to see that in general, but to see that coming from your own body. You can't even register the pain at that moment," he said.

He somehow managed to pedal himself up to Oregon Health & Science University.

"I had four fractures from my nose under my eye. My nose had been split. My chin was split open," Dixon said.

"It was bad. They had to put his nose back together, put his chin back together. His finger was pretty bad," Laughing Planet Manager Jason Dyl said.

Dixon has no insurance, and what could be a staggering medical bill hasn't arrived just yet.

"As soon as all the employees found out, they wanted to help. What can we do? Can we go to the hospital? And the next day, one of the employees said, 'Let's get him a donation jar,'" Dyl said.

Thus the "Piper Fund" was born, and the restaurant owner says Laughing Planet will match all donations.

In about a week, they've raised around $1,000.

"It has really been overwhelming. Without that support, I don't know what I'd do," Dixon said.

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