Life support

Woman’s call for justice after her twin sister is on life support after hit-and-run

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Hershey woman is still searching for answers, nearly a month after a hit-and-run accident seriously injured her twin sister. With her sister on life support, she seeks justice.

Just before Christmas, Deanna Slamans’ twin sister Annie was on her bicycle when she was hit from behind. Weeks later, his family – and the police – still don’t know who did it, and Slamans is now looking for help.

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Slamans and her twin sister grew up together in Harrisburg and love to have fun and play.

“His smile is bigger than mine and I have a big smile,” Slamans said. “We like to play Dutch Blitz…they said Annie could win because she was cheating.”

The two sisters also like to tease each other.

“She’s three inches taller than me but I’m an hour older,” Slamans said.

On December 18, 2021, Annie was riding her bicycle near 13th Street and Hanover when she was struck from behind.

“She was knocked off her bike, in the air,” Slamans said.

A month after the accident, Annie is on life support. Slamans said Annie started breathing on her own and talking a little, but also suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

“I said to him, ‘Do you remember me?’ And she said, “Oh, you’re a parent.” She doesn’t know I’m her sister. She doesn’t know my name,” Slamans said.

Slamans and his family still don’t know who punched his sister that night. Harrisburg Police Department Lt. Kyle Gautsch said neighbors at the scene could not provide any details about the vehicle that hit Annie, and cameras at a corner grocery store captured no useful footage.

Slamans is doing everything she can to get answers, including working with Ross Willard of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg to place a red bicycle at the intersection where the hit-and-run happened. Attached to the bike is a photo of Annie and information about the accident.

“The red bike means someone has been seriously injured,” Willard said. “The hope is that someone will see something, it will awaken someone’s memory.”

So far, the search has turned up nothing, but the Slamans keep pushing for justice for Annie.

“There is silence, and as long as there is silence, there is no justice for my sister,” she said.

If the person who punched Annie is found, Slamans knows it won’t change what happened, but she hopes it might put an end to the situation.

“It would be nice to be able to say, ‘Why didn’t you stop? And check it? she says.

Right now, being her sister’s voice is the best thing she can do.

“We’re strong and we’re brave, and we’re going to get through this, so that’s one of the reasons I want to speak up for her, because I know she would do it for me,” Slamans said.

Lt. Gautsch said that to find the person responsible, the police are at the mercy of the public. The Slamans and police are asking anyone who knows anything or saw anything that night to contact the Harrisburg Police Department or leave an anonymous tip at Dauphin County Crime Watch.

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