PHOENIX, Ariz. — An 18-year-old suspect in a hit-and-run says he’s “sorry” he ran over an Army Veteran.
Cody Gibson is charged with aggravated assault for running down veteran Steven Richardson in a Phoenix parking lot on April 7.
Police say several people called 911 saying they saw Gibson pulling a woman by the hair in the parking lot.
Richardson tried to help the woman, when Gibson reportedly got in his car and struck Richardson.
Gibson spoke to the media Monday, saying “I would tell him I’m sorry. Yeah, I didn’t mean to hurt him. He shouldn’t have got in our business though.”
Richardson was hospitalized in intensive care for several days with a fractured skull and internal injuries.
He says Gibson hit him so hard he bounced off the car.
Gibson claims Richardson got in the way. “He’s the one that tried to make me stop. What the hell am I supposed to do? Stay there?”
Gibson says he thought about stopping but didn’t because he knew he’d be in trouble.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for him to get hurt.” Gibson told reporters. “I didn’t mean for anybody to get hurt. He took me away from my family just like I took him away from his family a little bit in the hospital.”
Richardson’s wife, Samantha, says Gibson isn’t sorry. “I don’t really accept that as an apology. I think he’s just trying to not make it sound quite as bad as it is.”
Steven Richardson has been released from the hospital but is still recovering.
He is suffering from memory and hearing loss.