Sam Abate’s father sent a note
yesterday last week with an update on how Sam is doing. Sam is the cyclist who was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Swan road in May.
Here’s what William had to say:
Had dinner with Sam last night and I was so amazed by how far he has progressed in just 144 days!
It seemed like only yesterday that we walked in on him in the Trauma ICU at UMC not sure if he would even live.
I am happy to report that Sam is attending classes at the U of A half-time. He is still plagued with neck and head pain, but along with medication and intensive physical therapy he continues to make a remarkable recovery. This week he started jogging on the treadmill at physical therapy which is incredible in itself, considering the crushing fracture of his Right Fibula and Tibia, and the laxity of his Right Knee and Ankle.
Sam has always been a very determined young man, and I think that he realized what his capacities were early on. Sam chose to focus on himself and his recovery since May 20th and the outcome is truly astonishing. Sam decided not to involve himself with prosecution of the person that hit him and left him on the side of the road (and has left that for me). His decision to utilize all of his energy to recover and not be bothered with things that seemed removed from his locus of control was a wise decision.
Sam mentioned that his outlook on life in general has improved as a result of his near-death injuries. Sam is getting reacquainted with his music and whether or not Sam will resume cycling is still up in the air.
The trial for Ms. Allin, the accused, is set for May 1st, 2012. And she remains at the Pima County Jail since May 24th…
I have just started working on putting together a non-profit to assist people that have been injured in hit and run mishaps where the criminal has no insurance or financial means to compensate his/her victim.
For anyone interested in helping out we have two accounts available:
Well Fargo Banks, The Samuel Abate Fund
First Credit Union, Sam’s Recovery Fund 14322551