Family of retired Greensboro officer injured in hit-and-run speaks out

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After days of waiting and searching for answers, Elizabeth Clark and her family now have peace.

“I am relieved that they apprehended the person so that they might be able to learn from this mistake and it won’t happen again to someone else,” Elizabeth said.

Police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Samuel Israel Wednesday for felony hit and run.

Police say Israel fled the scene after hitting 73-year-old James Clark with his car Saturday night near McManus Street.

“I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what happened and how someone could leave the accident and not comeback and just leave my dad for dead,” Elizabeth said.

Witnesses saw Clark lying on the ground, rushed over to help him and called for 911.

Clark, a retired Greensboro police sergeant, suffered two broken ribs, head trauma, along with memory loss.

He is in the intensive care unit at Moses Cone Hospital.

“He’s going to have to learn how to walk again, brush his teeth and just start all over again,” Elizabeth said.

But even with a long road ahead for her father’s recovery, Elizabeth and her family have found the strength to forgive.

“To hold grudges, it’s a waste of energy,” she said.

Israel is being held at Guilford County jail under a $2,500 secured bond.

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