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An Oklahoma City man slowly heals from his injuries following a hit and run accident, but the family says the nightmare of what happened is far from over. An Oklahoma City man slowly heals from his injuries following a hit and run accident, but the family says the nightmare of what happened is far from over.
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An Oklahoma City man slowly heals from his injuries following a hit and run accident, but the family says the nightmare of what happened is far from over.

Vic Karban and his wife Jackie say they’ve got upwards of $400,000 in medical bills. Even though police caught the woman who hit him, they’re afraid the punishment won’t be enough.

“This garden has been here over 15 years, never had a problem with cars getting too close,” Vic Karban said.

However, on June 8, not only did a car get too close – it hit Vic while he was gardening outside his northwest Oklahoma City home.

“I was lying back in here, my feet were here, I was lying on my back right there,” Vic Karban said pointing to the center of the garden, which is located right along the edge of NW 17 Street, where he lives. The driver, 30-year-old Kara Camburn, didn’t stop.

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“I thought he was dead, I did,” Jackie Karban said. “At the same time, I’m thinking ‘oh my God,’ I realized that car didn't stop.”

Vic Karban said he doesn’t remember the accident. He suffered a broken neck and back, fractured skull and multiple fractures in his right hip.

“This is my own personal thought that she didn't stop because she was doing something she should not be doing when she was driving, she was distracted,” Vic Karban said.

This once active grandpa is moving slower these days, forced to wear a brace on his upper body to his neck while he continues to heal. Vic Karban can only sit in a chair and watch his wife work in the garden they used to tend together.

“It's worse than being bored. You want to do something but you just can't do anything, it's just a pain,” he said.

Police arrested Camburn two months after the accident. She’s charged with leaving the scene of an accident. The Karbans hope the punishment fits the crime.

“He's been incarcerated already for two months,” Jackie Karban said. “I pray the city sends a message, if you hit somebody, have the humanity to pull over and check it out first, that's my wish.”

Vic Karban should get the brace off in a few weeks, but then he has months of outpatient therapy ahead of him. As for the driver, Camburn remains in the Oklahoma County jail on $5,000 bond.

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