The Colorado State Patrol has no suspects for a hit-and-run collision involving a Durango accountant who was struck by a passing car as he jogged near his house early Saturday on County Road 234, near Elmore's Corner.
Chris Carney, 43, from Durango, suffered multiple injuries. He and his dog were left on the side of the road until a passing motorist stopped and offered assistance.
"I really hope we can find somebody, but at this point, we have no new leads," Colorado State Patrol Trooper Stephanie Clewely, who responded to the collision and has worked on the investigation, said Wednesday.
A license plate number was called in by a resident but was traced back to a commercial trailer, not the type of vehicle that hit Carney. The State Patrol is attempting to trace a product number from the detached side-view mirror found at the scene and alerted auto-repair shops of the vehicle and a description of the likely damage. No car owners have been identified.
"Nothing's turned up. I've checked with dealerships, and it's all dead ends," said Clewely.
Carney, who described himself as a regular fixture on the roads near his house in the early-morning hours, was wearing reflective running gear and a blinking headlamp the morning he was hit.
Because of the car's speed and because he was thrown from the road, Carney was not able to provide the State Patrol with a description of the vehicle. No skid marks were left at the scene, and the car did not slow down after the impact, which blew out the car's passenger window.
"To be that close - I think they were just screwing around, seeing how close they could come to hitting me," said Carney.
For now, Carney is recovering from surgery on his leg. He said he feels fortunate that he is alive and not head-injured, but the effects of the collision are likely to persist after the cast comes off.
"It's hard to accept - you realize how close you came. My daughter, my wife, are having a pretty hard time with this. My daughter is pretty scared; she almost lost her dad."
Carney's wife, Deena, was thankful for friends and family who have offered support.
"People's phone calls and prayers are what's been getting us through this," she said.