Veteran’s wife witnessed hit-and-run that left husband seriously hurt

Boone and Kristi Barott. (Photo by John Carroll)
Boone and Kristi Barott. (Photo by John Carroll)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 26, 2017 at 5:22 PM CDT
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The wife of a Marine veteran witnessed the hit-and-run crash Sunday night in Waco that sent her husband to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Boone Barott, 45, of Riesel, the vice president of the American Legion 121 Elm Mott riders group, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday on the Interstate 35 access road next to the Texas Department of Transportation offices when an SUV whose driver was headed the wrong way hit the bike.

The driver of the SUV did not stop after the crash.

"Watching your husband get hit by someone, and for them driving off... when I opened my car door, I didn't know if you were going to be alive or not." Kristi Barott told her husband during an interview with KWTX Tuesday at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

Boone Barott sustained a broken pelvis and a number of lacerations and scrapes and bruises over all his body.

A friend arrived on the scene moments later and was able to call 911 and Barrott was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time when you're in a motorcycle vehicle accident, usually it's a fatality for the motorcyclist,” he said Tuesday.

“It's ridiculous to even think that somebody could want to drive off after knowing that somebody is laying dead or dying,” he said.

"God was looking down on us,” he said.

“It wasn't nearly as dramatic as it could've been."

Barott will be released from the hospital soon, but is facing several months of rehabilitation before he’s able to get back on a motorcycle.

"Yes I'll definitely continue to ride, I love riding motorcycles."

A mirror broke off the SUV in the hit-and-run. Friends posted a picture of it on Facebook. The SUV ranges from white to bronze in color and has a purple tint. “If the mirror is evidence left behind we certainly believe we may be able to track it to a certain type of vehicle,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Waco Police Department at (254) 750-7500.