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  • Mount Shasta man seriously injured in early Sunday hit and run

  • The parents of a man who was struck by a vehicle on McCloud Avenue early Sunday morning are asking the person responsible to come forward.
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  • The parents of a man who was struck by a vehicle on McCloud Avenue early Sunday morning are asking the person responsible to come forward.
    “We hope they show the strength to do the right thing,” said John Cashman, father of Gabe Cashman, 24 of Mount Shasta, who was critically injured when he was hit in the 500 block of McCloud Ave. around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
    Gabe, a 2006 graduate of Mount Shasta High School, was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Redding for treatment of a femur that is broken in three places, two broken vertebra, a punctured lung and severe lacerations to his head and body which may necessitate a skin graft, said John.
    Gabe, an avid climber with a passion for fly fishing, is in “stable” condition, John said Monday morning, but he faces multiple surgeries in the coming months.
    “It’s a miracle he’s alive,” said John.
    Gabe was dragged approximately 25 feet before coming to rest in the road, said Mount Shasta Police Department Chief Parish Cross. A father and son who were driving in the area saw Gabe and reported the accident to the police, Cross added.
    “Whoever is responsible for this must also be in a lot of pain,” said John.
    “In regards to our plea for the person who caused this accident, we want to encourage them to come forward so they won't have to live with this burden for the rest of their lives,” said Patty Cashman, Gabe’s mother. “May they summon the courage to come forth and do the right thing. We are honestly concerned for their peace of mind and well being as well as our family’s.”
    John described his son as “extremely strong, kind, and very intelligent.”
    Gabe graduated cum laude with a double major from Humboldt State University. He studied soil science and botany and was set to begin a new job in Arcata on Wednesday, John said.
    The MSPD is working on a description of the vehicle, which was most likely traveling downhill on McCloud Ave. when the accident occurred, Cross said.
    The vehicle involved may have visible damage to the front end.
    Authorities are also looking for the occupants of a silver or tan Ford Taurus who may have been in the area at the time of the accident.
    Anyone with information is urged to call the MSPD by calling (530) 926-7540.

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