Camden hit-and-run victim thanks anonymous Good Samaritan

March 13, 2013 4:08:58 AM PDT
The teenage victim of a hit-and-run accident in Camden, New Jersey is telling his story from a hospital bed and wants to thank the Good Samaritan who came to his rescue.

16-year-old Anthony Cesse remains hospitalized with multiple injuries. His left foot had to be amputated following the accident back on March 2nd.

Cesse says it was between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. when he was riding his bike on Harrison Avenue near 17th Street when he was struck.

"A car went through the opposite lane and smacked me off the bike," Cesse said.

Cesse says the impact threw him several feet into the air. His legs were badly injured and bleeding profusely.

He thought he was going to die. But then, something unexpected happened.

"That's when a random person just came and tied my legs up. If it wasn't for that person I would have never been alive," Cesse said.

Cesse says the person said he was off-duty Coast Guard and knew what he was doing. He tied his legs up to stop or slow the bleeding.

Cesse had lost so much blood, he had to have several blood transfusions at the hospital. Doctors told him they could not save his left foot, but said had it not been for that Good Samaritan, he may not have been alive at all.

"He saved my life. He wrapped my legs together cause they were bleeding," Cesse said.

The car involved in the hit-and-run accident is described as a 1999 to 2003 Cadillac Deville, pearl white in color, with a black rear bumper.

The vehicle is also likely now missing one of its rear-view mirrors, which was found at the scene. It is possible the car has other damage as well.

The victim's relatives cannot believe someone could be so cold blooded as to run over someone and just leave them there.

"The worst part about it, he didn't know if the person was alive or dead. He just left him on the side of the road. Thank God for the good citizen who came by and wrapped his legs up to stop a lot of the bleeding," Jose Rodriguez, the victim's cousin, said.

A spokesperson with the Coast Guard tells Action News they are putting out messages to all of their offices in Philadelphia and Atlantic City to see if they could locate the off-duty member.

Meanwhile, if you have any information about the car involved in the accident, you are being asked to call the Camden Police Department.