Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Man Continues To Recover From December Crash On MLK

Man Continues To Recover From December Crash On MLK

Posted: April 22, 2008 11:28 PM

He almost lost his life while waiting at a bus stop back in December.

Now, four months later the injured man told his story to Action News.

As Tania Reyes reports his family is demanding justice.

"I was really hurt," explained Duane Sconiers.

Duane Sconiers was a healthy self sufficient man who never knew a simple trip to a bus stop would change his life forever.

"You think off all the reasons and you do not know why something like this happens," said Sconiers.

In December, Duane and two of his friends were heading to the store.

While sitting at a bus stop, a truck pulling a trailer on MLK came loose and plowed right into them.

The impact of the trailer was so strong Duane lost his leg.

About half a dozen surgeries later, doctors managed to save his other leg.

Duane has been in the hospital since that tragic day.

"It hurts inside to know that I am not going to be the same Duane that I used to be," said Duane.

According to police reports, the driver was cited for not having safety chains on the trailer.

He was also cited for not having insurance.

"He was not being responsible, he put people's lives in danger and we just want justice," explained Duane's sister.

She feels the punishment was a slap on the wrist.

The family says they have tried to sue the driver, but have not been successful.

They say Duane is in debt to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Stay tuned to Action News as we monitor developing news around the Valley.