THORNTON, Colo. -- A Thornton man wants your help tracking down the driver who ran him over after following him and his girlfriend home earlier this week.
Derrick Gremillion said he was riding in a car with his girlfriend on Monday afternoon along 112th St. and Washington when a driver merged into their lane.
“And instead of doing the normal courteous thing to do,” said Gremillion,”he decided to basically just push us off the road.”
Gremillion’s girlfriend, who was driving, honked at the driver, thinking he may not have seen them.
They continued on 112th Street behind the driver who cut them off when he said the driver suddenly slammed on his brakes for no apparent reason.
His girlfriend honked again and they continued driving.
"Any natural person would probably honk in that sort of situation," he said.
Gremillion said the driver began to turn onto another road and so they made their way home.
It wasn’t until they pulled up to their driveway, more than three miles from where the incident began, that they noticed the driver had followed them home.
“I stepped into the middle of the cul-de-sac,” said Gremillion, “and I put my arms up in the air like this, (puts up both hands), like ‘What’s the problem? Is there an issue? Do we need to talk?’”
That’s when he says the driver went around the cul-de-sac, around him and then stopped and rolled down his window.
Gremillion went toward the driver thinking he wanted to talk.
“The moment I stepped forward to try to speak with him,” he said, “he gassed it and did a sharp left turn and crashed into my right side.”
The driver ran over Gremillion’s leg and then took off. He was left lying on the road, his neighbors and girlfriend called police and ran toward him to try to help.
His leg was broken in two places and required surgery. Gremillion now has a rod and six plates in his right leg.
He caught a glimpse of the driver and describes him as a black male between 35-to-45-years-old.
He was driving a navy blue 2015-2016 Toyota 4-Runner with Disabled Veteran Plates ending in 950.
Thornton police tell Denver7 they are reviewing footage from a neighbor’s surveillance camera as well as working to track down the SUV in order to find the driver.
Gremillion said it will be another three months before he recovers.
He hopes the driver will turn himself in or someone will help police find him before someone else gets hurt.
“I mean,” he said, “driving that unstable on the road, it could definitely happen, really easily again.”