On the evening of Sep. 20, Zachary Mohs, 26, was walking to get a soda from a gas station in midtown Anchorage. It was just past eight o’clock and it was raining, hard. Mohs was struck while trying to cross Arctic Boulevard near the intersection of Tudor Road.
The driver of the car fled.
One of the first people who saw him laying in the street was 84-year-old Ken Krasselt, a World War II veteran and Shriner.
Krasselt said he called 911, grabbed a blue tarp and blanket from the back of his car and tossed it on Mohs to keep him warm and dry. He ordered someone to tie up Mohs leg to stop the bleeding. He said that Mohs' foot was severed from his body and in the road.
The Anchorage Police Department said it located and seized a red 1984 Pontiac Fiero believed to be involved in the hit-and-run.
“I’m very happy I stopped for the family,” Krasselt said, “for Zachary, just for plain humanity.”
Zack’s family said Krasselt’s actions may have saved his life.
Mohs’ family said Zack remains in critical condition. His father, Jeffery, said doctors may need to amputate more of his son’s leg. He said Zack also will also undergo a major surgery on Saturday to repair parts of his right arm and there is bleeding on his brain.
Mohs family said Zack doesn’t have health insurance. The Great Alaska Bush Company will hold a fundraiser for him Nov. 4.
“As a father, seeing his loving son fighting for his life I tired to compose myself, but I could not,” Jeffery Mohs said. “I did break down just to see my son, my loving son, fighting for his life.”
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