Parents of hit-and-run victim plead for info

By The Mercury

The parents of a hit-and-run victim are making public pleas to help find the driver who hit their daughter.

Amber Wilhelm, 21, of Manhattan is in the critical care unit at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka after a pickup truck struck her early Friday morning as she walked near Aggieville.

Her father, Darryl Wilhelm, made a video statement, posted Tuesday morning on the Riley County Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Donna Wilhelm, her mother, planned to make a similar statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Just looking to see if anybody has any information leading to the arrest and to help find the person so we can pick up the pieces and go on,” Darryl said.

Darryl made the video from the hospital, where Amber initially was reported as in critical condition.

“We drove here to find her laying in bed with tubes hooked up everywhere,” he said.

Hospital officials provided no information on her current condition, which could be serious or critical based on the criteria for being in the critical care unit.

RCPD officials said the background noise in the video comes from “the sound of the machines helping keep Amber alive.”

“She’s fighting for her life in critical care at Stormont-Vail, and her parents just want answers,” the department’s Facebook caption said. “If you know something, please call.”

RCPD officers responded to a hit-and-run report at 1:55 a.m. Friday at 12th Street and Bluemont Avenue.

Witnesses on scene described a “light in color” 2011 to 2016 Chevrolet or GMC extended- cab pickup truck as the vehicle that struck Amber.

The driver then left the scene headed west on Anderson Avenue.

Officers said there’s a chance that the driver’s vehicle will only have slight damage to its front end.

RCPD officials are asking members of the public to call dispatch at 785-537-2112 if they see a vehicle matching the description.

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