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AFFTON, MO (KTVI) – 26-year-old Adam Schwartz is lucky to be alive and surrounded by his family after being hit by a driver in south county who left him for dead.

"It was 22 degrees and I was bleeding from the head with two broken legs so had I been left alone, there’s a good chance that I wouldn’t have made it," Schwartz said.

It happened just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Hegee and Pembroke in Affton. Schwartz said he was skateboarding to a local convenience store for snacks.

"The car took me out at the legs, broke the tibia and fibia in my right leg and left leg" he said. "Then I hit the windshield and that knocked me out. I’ve got lacerations on the back of my scalp from hitting the windshield.  I rode the car about 25 feet then he hit the brakes and I flew off the front of the car and then he left."

As a result he has nearly a dozen broken bones.  He underwent surgery Sunday morning.  In addition to the constant pain he's felt since the accident, he also feels a sense of forgiveness for whoever that driver is.

"I want this person to change the way they look at things" Schwartz said. "If they were drinking that night, I want them to realize you don’t drink and drive. If they were looking at their phones... I just want them to live the lives that they’ll never do this to somebody ever again. That’s all I hope."

Schwartz believes the vehicle is a silver or grey sedan with front end damage. Investigators have developed a "person of interest" affiliated with the case and are pursuing that lead. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department.