There has been a lot of news lately about the Toyota recall, and specifically about the family that was killed in San Diego when the accelerator on their Lexus got stuck, causing them to barrel down the road at speeds in excess of 100 mph, and ultimately run a red light and clip a law abiding vehicle. What we haven’t heard much about is the condition of the law-abiding driver. Yesterday the Union Tribune did a profile story about him.
Phillip Pretty has no real memory of the accident itself. All he remembers is turning left from SR-125 onto Mission Gorge Road, then getting hit by the white Lexus. “It was more or less lights out,” he told the UT. He didn’t learn that the family inside the Lexus was killed until he woke up in the hospital.
It’s been over three months since the fatal car accident, but Mr. Pretty is still far away from a complete recovery. The impact left him with a serious concussion and memory loss, which he has been told may last awhile. He has difficulty with simple memory tasks such as remembering someone’s name. He also suffered a knee injury, which may require surgery, preventing him from surfing or bicycling, activities he enjoyed before the accident.
Adding insult to injury, while Mr. Pretty had medical insurance, it wasn’t enough to cover all of his medical expenses. As a delivery driver, he’s not rich, so he has retained a personal injury lawyer to try to recover some of what he has lost. He hasn’t decided whether to pursue a lawsuit, but he rightfully agrees that someone should be held accountable.
Source: San Diego Union Tribune
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