Wife pleads for information about devastating accident

Wife pleads for information about devastating accident
James Hughes and wife Mary Hughes
James Hughes and wife Mary Hughes
James Hughes
James Hughes

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - How far would you go to catch someone who had hurt your family? A Denham Springs woman is on a mission to find a driver who is responsible for an accident that has devastated her family.

"Honestly, I thought he was dead," said Mary Hughes.

Hughes is describing the moment a stranger called to say her husband James had been in an accident.

It happened at the intersection of Range Avenue and Rushing Road in Denham Springs. James was riding his motorcycle to work on the morning of July 13 around 5:30 when, according to police, another vehicle crossed three lanes of traffic and turned in front of him. Trying to avoid a direct hit, James lost control and crashed.

Police told Hughes the driver never stopped and left the scene. However, a few good Samaritans did stop, including a licensed practical nurse on her way home to Texas. Melissa Gray and her family had stopped to get gas near the site of the wreck and spotted James in the road.

Gray stopped to lend help. She was the one who called to tell Hughes the news. The nurse said James was responsive, but she knew it was important to keep him still until EMS could arrive.

"I just talked to him. He held my hand. We tried to make sure he wasn't moving because we didn't know exactly what the injuries he had," said Gray.

James suffered extensive injuries including broken ribs, a broken collar bone, fractured vertebrae and a punctured lung. He's been in the hospital since that day. While Hughes hopes he will be released soon, he still has a long road to recovery ahead.

"We just have to be a tight family unit right now to pull us through this because it's rough. But I'm still grateful God kept him with me," said Hughes.

Denham Springs Police are still looking for leads. A witness at the scene described the vehicle as a white sedan, possibly a Dodge Challenger.

In the face of a long recovery, Mary is hoping the driver will come forward and take responsibility. Meanwhile, she's not stopping her own search.

"I understand that accidents happen. I'm not mad at the individual who did it. I am upset that they drove away," said Hughes. "Just help me find them. That's it."

If you have any information that could help, contact the Denham Springs Police or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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