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Wife of teacher run over asks driver to come forward

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The wife of the Toronto school teacher injured in a hit and run this week is pleading with the driver of the minivan that struck him to accept responsibility and come forward.

"I just want them to know that they've destroyed a really special, loving, caring person's life," Trina Stewart said to CBC News on Friday.

Michael Stewart, 39, a Toronto phys-ed teacher, was hit by a minivan at about 1 a.m. Wednesday outside his home on Barford Road.

The couple's home had been egged by vandals and Stewart went outside carrying a baseball bat to confront them. A few moments later, Trina Stewart said, she heard the sound of her husband being struck by the vehicle.

She said she's had "a few meltdowns" since the incident.

"I woke up last night with a nightmare thinking that the kids have come back to my house," she said.

Earlier Friday, she released a statement asking those responsible to come forward.

"If you were one of those people, or if you know who those people are, you need to come forward. If you are the parent of one of these people, you know what your child has done," the statement reads.

The victim told police at least two people were in the van and said he heard laughing.

Though cautioning it may have nothing to do with the incident, police said they are looking for two men who were seen arguing in a Chrysler minivan a few hours before the hit and run, at the nearby intersection of Katrine Road and Riverhead Drive.

Michael Stewart is a teacher at Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, but police said they have no indication students were involved in the incident.

"We would be remiss to implicate students" at this point, said Det. Arthur Lane. But, he added, "it is just a matter of time" before they solve the case.

Stewart remains in the neurological intensive care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Medical staff said Stewart was in good physical condition and did not land on his head, otherwise the injuries might have been much worse. He can feel his legs but can't move them.

Trina Stewart said she worries because she doesn't know when her husband will return to his vibrant, active self.

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