Man Injured in Hit-and-Run Recovering With Family's Help
Driver found; police not releasing details
ANCHORAGE - The family of a young man who was struck by a hit and run driver a week ago is praying for his recovery.
They’ve flown in from several states to be by Zachary Mohs’ bedside at Providence Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The vigil started after a rainy night in Anchorage that changed their lives forever. 26-year-old Zack Mohs was headed to a Shell Station at about 8 o’clock that evening, crossing the street near Arctic and 42nd to buy a soda. He was hit by a driver going a high rate of speed who never stopped. The impact tore the clothes from Mohs’ body, and ripped his foot off his leg while the driver sped away.
Jeffery Mohs, Zack’s father, says he can’t imagine how anyone could leave someone’s bloody body lying in the middle of the road.
“It’s unfathomable to try and understand,” says Mohs. “How a human being could just run over and roll over someone and keep going. I can’t get that out of my mind and I never will.
Jeffery Mohs took the first plane out of Pennsylvania to be with his son. He joined Mohs’ two sisters, mom and a brother who flew in from Arkansas and Minnesota. The family, reunited in tragedy, has made Providence Hospital their temporary home.
At the Great Alaska Bush Company where Mohs is a popular bar-back, dancers have donated tips and there’s a benefit planned to help with medical bills. But when it comes to actually saving his son’s life, Jeffery Mohs points to another man.
84-year-old Ken Krasselt wasn’t the first to see Mohs in the road but he was the first to stop. The World War Two veteran didn’t think twice.
“There’s thousands of people just like me who would stop and help in a situation like that,” says Krasselt.
Krasselt covered Mohs with a blanket from his truck and helped to put a tourniquet on his leg to stop the bleeding. The family calls him an angle and says their son wouldn’t have made it this far without him.
Police announced yesterday that they had found the driver they believe hit Mohs but the investigation is continuing and so far there have been no arrests. Mohs is scheduled for another major surgery on Saturday where his family says it’s likely his leg will be amputated above the knee.