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Family wants answers after woman critically injured in hit-and-run

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Cindy Urich's family says the driver entered the yard, struck Urich and kept going. Cindy Urich's family says the driver entered the yard, struck Urich and kept going.
Cindy Urich was in critical but stable condition on a ventilator as of Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Cindy Urich was in critical but stable condition on a ventilator as of Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Luke Baskett, her son, says the family has stayed by her bedside since she was hospitalized. Luke Baskett, her son, says the family has stayed by her bedside since she was hospitalized.
INDIANAPOLIS -

An Indianapolis family was forced to spend their Christmas holiday at the hospital, and a hit-and-run driver is to blame.

Cindy Urich, 47, was checking her mail Saturday night when a car plowed right into her outside her home in the 5700 block of South Franklin Road. Her husband heard the crash and discovered his wife badly hurt in the front yard.

Urich is in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital. While her family is focused on her healing, investigators are focused on finding the driver who put her there.

Urich's husband heard the crash outside their Franklin Township home Saturday night and found his wife critically injured in their front yard. Investigators say they found some evidence at the crash scene, but have not named any suspects.

Urich suffered internal injuries, a broken leg, a fractured skull and fractured vertebrae. Her family says she's still on a ventilator, and all they can do is wait to see how she heals. Even though Urich is heavily sedated, her family says they talk to her and haven't left her side.

"Just telling her I love her. The whole family is here. We all love her. We're here for her, just to relax and uh, she's in good hands," said Luke Baskett, Urich's son.

It's not how Luke Baskett expected to spend the week of Christmas.

"You expect your mom to be there Christmas," he said. "Obviously you want the family to be together. That's why we are still here together."

Baskett points to some good signs.

"She squeezes hands. She moves extremities, so we're doing well, but obviously still being on a ventilator is not where you want to see your mom," he said.

Urich's family is having a hard time understanding the driver's actions.

"She wasn't even on the road side. We have a mailbox. It opens from the back. She grabbed the mail, turned around to start walking back to the house and then the person came into the yard and actually hit her," said Baskett.

Cindy Urich's husband was in the garage.

"They just got home, so he was in the garage and heard it and came running out," said Baskett.

The driver did not stop.

"We're asking for the community to come out and help us out, to give us some more leads on potentially who did this."

Baskett says the family knows accidents can happen. They just want the truth.

"Mom is a very very forgiving woman and she would not wish any ill intentions on anyone. But we just want to know what happened," he said.

Call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS with information about this case.

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