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Dad of girl hurt in Woodhaven hit-and-run asks driver to come forward

Joel Werley: 'It's the right thing to do'

WOODHAVEN, Mich. – Joelei Werley is glad to be home after spending 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital following a hit-and-run crash.

The 7-year-old and her teenage sister were attempting to cross West Road, near Hall Road, in Woodhaven on Oct. 8 when a driver hit the girls, then sped off.

“My bone popped out of leg here, and I have nine stitches here,” Joelei said Thursday.

The second-grader suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull, a collapsed lung and two broken legs.

“I’ve got a crack in my growth plate and that can stop it from growing,” Joelei said.

Much to Joelei’s delight, her doctors granted her a pass to go trick-or-treating this week. She was very relieved, she said.

“Because it (was) boring,” Joelei said. “You don't get to play with nobody or toys or anything.”

Her father, Joel Werley, was glad to take her out, as well.

“It was a big relief (and) pretty fun,” Joel Werley said. “She didn't make it too far because her leg started bothering her.”

He’s amazed by his daughter’s miraculous recovery. Joelei was unconscious for 10 days when she was rushed to the hospital.

“She does (have) a little short term memory loss, but that's improving every day,” Joel Werley said.

Joelei will have to use a wheelchair for several months, but her family says they’re just incredibly grateful she’s alive.

Still, Joel Werley said the driver responsible for the crash needs to come forward.

“It's the right thing to do,” he told Local 4. “I don't know who can hit somebody and keep on driving. It'll be hard for me to live with myself if I did that to someone's child and took off.”