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Hit-and-run suspect calls victim who is losing leg, says he's sorry

Paul Adams in the hospital (Courtesy Peterson family)

Though no arrest has been made, a stranger called a man who was critically injured in a hit-and-run admitting to the crash and apologizing for leaving him on the road to die.

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Paul Adams, 34, was struck during the early morning hours of Feb. 20 on NE 54th Avenue in Vancouver. The driver fled the scene and Adams was hospitalized with critical injuries to both of his legs.

After waking up from a coma, Adams was able to communicate with his parents.

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"It's hard on him, it just depends on the moment he's in," Adams; mom Nancy Peterson said describing her son's mood. "In one moment, he's really optimistic and other times he just breaks down in tears and can't stop sobbing. He continuously says that his life is over."

This week, they found out Adams will have one of his legs amputated.

"The doctors took the wrap off to see how the skin was and it's rough. They said they are taking his left leg," Peterson said.

Police were able to find the Nissan sedan involved in the crash and identify the suspect. Deputies are waiting to get in touch with him so he can be arrested -- but he's already been in touch with Adams.

"He called my son while he was in the hospital, and he admitted to doing it," Peterson said. "He told him that he was sorry, and that he hasn't been able to sleep or eat... he was worried my son was going to die."

Clark County deputies have not confirmed the suspect in this case is the person who called Adams taking responsibility for the crash.

With rising medical costs Adams' family has created a GoFundMe account to pay for his lengthy stay in the hospital.

This version corrects day of crash to Feb. 20, not Feb. 19.

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