Man nearly loses leg in hit and run accident

Thomas Guerrero

A Brownsville man almost lost his legs when he was brutally struck by a hit and run driver.

The 25-year-old said it was about 3 a.m. when his car stalled on the frontage road.

He got out of the vehicle to move it out of the way when another driver hit him from behind and took off.

Guerrero said it all happened so fast.

"I couldn TMt feel my legs, Guerrero said. But I was able to somewhat look down and see that I saw my right heel by my left elbow and that wasn't a good sign right there."

He also said the driver never stopped.

"It hurts. If that person had gotten down and said ~Hey, I'm sorry. You okay? TM Instead I guess they panicked and didn't know what to do, Guerrero said. They just went ahead and took off and just left me there. You can TMt really leave a person there after what happened, especially after a crash."

Doctors told Guerrero he's extremely lucky because if he wasn TMt tall, he could be paralyzed from the waist down or worse.

Guerrero has been in therapy for the last few weeks.

"Every day is a challenge, Guerrero said. So I need to push more and more that TMs the only way I get better."

He said it TMs difficult having to relearn to use his legs.

"I can TMt run, I can TMt really walk too fast and I can TMt do the things I want to do on my own, Guerrero said. I have to have someone at my side to help me out with things."

Guerrero told Action 4 News he's focusing on getting back on his feet.

"The more I walk the better I get," Guerrero said.

The 23-year-old said it would have been easier to forgive the driver if the person had stopped.

He understands that accidents happen every day and said at this point, he would like the driver to come forward and be accountable for his or her actions.

Anyone with information on the hit and run is encouraged to contact Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.

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