FedEx Field Hit-and-Run Remains a Mystery

Man struck outside Redskins game last season

A year later, the victim of a hit-and-run at FedEx Field during a Washington Redskins game still doesn't know who the driver was.

On Dec. 21, 2009, the New York Giants were blowing out the Redskins in a Monday night game (45-12, if you don't recall). Dave Cook, 49, was one of many home team fans who decided to leave early. But as a die-hard, Cook changed his mind and decided to go back and support his team until the end.

"Should have stayed in the car," Cook said Thursday.

Cook was stopped at a red light on Landover Road when he decided to turn back. When he got out of his car, he was struck by a gray Honda Accord. Police directing traffic in the area failed to get the license plate number.

Cook went into a coma. Most of his ribs were broken and his lungs collapsed. His face was crushed, his skull fractured. And he almost lost a leg.

He suffered financially, too. Cook, a father or four and grandfather four who has been married for 31 years, has been unable to work.

"My wife's church has paid our mortgage a couple times," he said. "My sister's paid our mortgage; her mother's paid our mortgage. A friend of mine, he made my truck payments."

Cook's favorite player, tight end Chris Cooley, sent him an autographed jersey, but what Cook really wants is to know who hit him that night.

"It would haunt me the rest of my life if I'd done that to somebody," he said. "I would never be able to live with myself."

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