WESTPORT (CBS) – Police are looking for the public’s help after a Tuesday hit and run left a Fall River woman in critical condition.

Police say Stephanie Tripp, 30, was hit by a sedan while walking down Old Bedford Road. Witnesses said the man driving the vehicle got out of his car, told a witness he was sorry and then drove off while the witness was providing first aid to Tripp.

“Somebody needs to pay for what they did,” said Jennifer Terry, the victim’s relative. “You don’t do that to anybody.”

Stephanie Tripp. (Photo from Bristol County District Attorney’s Office)

A second witness tried to follow the suspect, who allegedly sped away, passing vehicles by swerving into the opposite travel lane.

Debbie McCarthy has lived on the road for decades. She doesn’t even let her kids ride their bikes because of how dangerous it is. “Horrible,” McCarthy said. “They drive like maniacs on this street. It’s terrible.”

The sedan was last seen on the corner of Old Fall River and Faunce Corner roads in Dartmouth. It may have minor front-end damage.

“Accidents happen. But to just leave her like that? Nobody deserves that,” Terry said.

The victim is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital and police are asking for any witnesses or that driver to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Massachusetts State Police Trooper Phil Giardino at 508-993-1928 or Westport Police at 508-636-1122.

Statement from Stephanie Tripp’s family:

This is an extremely difficult time for our family. We are overwhelmed with grief, yet hopeful that Stephanie will make a full recovery. She remains in critical condition but she is a strong girl. Anyone who knows her will tell you she is a fighter. My family is hopeful that the person responsible for this accident will come forward. This person must have panicked and fled and must be just as scared as we are. Please come forward. Our family is looking for answers and a sincere apology. We desperately ask that if anyone has any information to please contact the Westport police department. We would also like to thank our family friends and the community for their ongoing love and support.

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