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Crime Trackers: Hit-and-run victim breaks silence

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A victim of a hit-and-run made a plea to the public to help find the person responsible for turning her life upside down.

Even though it's been two months since Gloria Bustamante was the victim of the hit-and-run, Tucson police detectives continue to work the case.  Investigators want to know who struck the 48-year-old grandmother and then left her there.

A tearful Bustamante told News 4 Tucson in an exclusive interview, “They just left me there like a dog. They didn't care. “

It was Sept. 14 about 4 p.m. when Bustamante said she got off the bus at Sixth Avenue and  Columbia. 

She said she saw a Tahoe truck, but it was a ways out. She crossed the street, then the driver sped up and started swerving.

She tried to get out of the way, but the driver struck her. 

“They broke my back, they broke both of my arms, and I don't have strength in my arms,” said Bustamante.

Both of her legs were also shattered.

Fighting back tears she said, “and I’ve already had seven surgeries done. I can't walk.”

She is in constant pain. She is currently staying in a rehabilitation center, where she needs help to get in and out of bed.

What hurts her even more is that she can't be with her family.

“They come to see me, but it's just hard for them too," she said.

She spends the day going to rehab and in bed thinking about the people who put her here. 

“I have a lot of anger, but I still pray to God that I’m going to be okay,” said Bustamante.

She has a message for the person responsible. 

“Can you please do the right thing and turn yourselves in or say who this person was because I’m suffering," she said. "My kids are suffering.”

Gloria Bustamante said she wants justice.  Tucson police detectives said they want to make sure she gets it.  If you have any information on this case, you are urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.  

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