Man Injured in Hit and Run Speaks About Recovery

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Two weeks after a major crash on 90th and Pacific Streets, one of the victims is released from the hospital.

Peter Widhalm was in the backseat of a Toyota Sequoia, when police say, a Chevy Avalanche blew through the red light and hit him.

He says he doesn't remember much from the crash.

“After the accident I remember them talking about cutting clothes off of me,” says Widhalm.

The driver, 22-year old Coldy Hackworth ran away, but police arrested him days later.

He has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, which isn't his only felony.

Channel Six dug into his past and found he’s faced nine other felonies, including several theft charges.

But Widhalm says he's too focused on recovery to be upset. He's had two surgeries to fix a broken jaw and two broken vertebrates.

“I wouldn't say that I have a real anger just a wish or desire that people would be as aware of their surroundings as possible and that they pay the appropriate attention.”

He's hoping careless drivers realize the responsibility that comes with being behind the wheel.

“Just realize that in fractions of a second, people's lives are changed or can be changed in a very dramatic fashion.”

Widhalm says he has several months of therapy ahead and will stay with family, before he heads home to New York.

Coldy Hackworth will be back in court sometime in April.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 142548425 -
Gray Television, Inc.