An Omaha man is seriously injured in a hit and run on his bicycle. While he has a long road of recovery ahead of him, his family is just happy he is alive. They say it’s all thanks to a superhero.
While every superhero does great things, they also have that moment when they fall down. For Thomas Burbach of Omaha his great thing, training nightly for the Ragbrai. His moment of falling down, a life threatening accident.
Burbach was riding his bicycle near 120th and L Street Monday around 10 p.m. when he was struck by a car. He then landed in the gutter seriously injured. One woman stopped to help and then so did another man, Marshall Stewart. Stewart described the gruesome scene, “He was laying there, his leg dangling off his body.”
Stewart called an ambulance and was told by doctors to keep Burbach calm. Being a comic book fan the first thing that came to Stewart’s mind was Iron Man. “I said listen you are like Iron Man, I see you lying here and you are hurt, but you’re going to be better, you’re going to the hospital and you’re going to be better in no time."
It’s those words of support that helped keep Burbach alive. To his family it’s actually Stewart that’s their hero. “It's heroic, you could just drive by, or call the police and stand there and do nothing,” said Angela Burbach.
Stewart has now struck up a friendship with the family, even visiting Burbach as he recovers in the hospital. Then as if he hadn’t done enough, we caught up with him as he returned to the scene to look for Burbach’s lost wallet. His superpowers must have once again stepped in. We were there as he found the wallet. Now the family can rest easier and continue their work to get their Iron Man back to full power.
Burbach’s family is hoping that someone who saw the accident will speak out so they can find out who did this.
They have also been collecting donations to help with medical expenses. A fund has been set up at U.S. Bank under Thomas Burbach. Anyone wishing to help can also make a donation online -- see the related links below.