Hit and run victim's family: 'He shouldn't be here, but he is'
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The family of 24-year-old Alan Beavers, who was injured in a hit and run accident late Saturday, speaks out about the horrifying incident.
Alan Beavers remains in critical condition four days after the collision, but his family said they are hopeful he will make a full recovery, even if it is slow.
His family said they have been overwhelmed with support from family, friends and co-workers through the process, and that their thoughts and prayers have made each day easier since Sunday morning, when Police knocked on their door to tell them the bad news.
"It's a doorbell nobody wants to answer," Alan's father Monty Beavers said. "He told us our son had been in an accident."
Monty Beavers and his wife, Anita say they rushed to the hospital to wait by Alan's side. His sister, Jackie, made the trip home from Alaska, where she was working on a cruise ship.
When they arrived, they found their son in doctor's care, but with injuries to virtually every part of his body. The family said he suffered a broken leg, rib, shoulder, collarbone, along with a fractured wrist and serious head injury. The swelling in Alan's brain has been the family's main concern.
"From what we saw of his battered body he should not be alive today, but he is and he keeps improving every day," Monty said.
With those signs of improvement, the family holds on to hope, and to each other.
"We know God is still in the miracle making business," Monty said. "He shouldn't be here, but he is."
"There's a reason for that," Jackie added.
Another thing they hold dear is the image they say they have of the wonderful person they know he is, no matter what condition he is in.
"I don't think there's a single person that he's met that they didn't become friends," Jackie said. "He looked past everyone's appearance and he saw their heart. He never was judgmental."
Now, the family must play the waiting game. But their wish is simple.
"To see his eyes to open up, that's what I'm waiting for," Monty said.
But they hope when, not if, Alan wakes up, he'll do a lot more than that.
"He's a clown he's always been the clown of the family so he'd probably crack some joke saying 'What day is it?' or 'Wow I've been out for a long time," Jackie said of her brother. "He'd crack a joke, he's so light-hearted and he's always been so well-liked."
The family has also set up a Facebook page, "Pray for Alan Beavers," where they post updates on Alan's surgeries and progress. As of Wednesday afternoon, the page had more than 800 likes, and dozens of well-wishes posted for Alan.