MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - What would you do? Here's the scene: Two women gravely injured on a busy Memphis street after being hit by an SUV. The driver who hit them is trying to get away.
Jonathan Hastings knew he wouldn't be able to remember it all, so he used the camera on his iPhone, and that could make all the difference in this hit & run investigation.
"It just ran through my mind, it was just easier to take a photograph of the plate," Hastings said.
The hit & run accident happened early Sunday morning, May 20. According to a police report, the driver of a black SUV was heading northbound on South Cooper Street when it struck two women crossing the street near the intersection of Oliver.
Shannon Parker, 40, and Katherine Solaas, 22, were rushed to the hospital. Parker remains at The MED, and Solaas will have surgery on her ankle on Friday.
Hastings says the driver of the SUV stopped after she hit the two women, got out of the SUV, surveyed the scene, and then took off running back towards her vehicle.
"It literally ran through my mind that she would try and take off running," Hastings said.
Hastings took off running towards the driver, but he slipped in his loose dress shoes.
"I was going to stand in front of the vehicle, or jump in the vehicle." he said.
Hastings did the second best thing he could think of, he snapped a picture of the SUV's license plate.
Parker's brother is thankful for Hastings' quick thinking.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, that's the only chance we got realistically to get to the bottom of this," said John Parker.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing.