1 year after hit-and-run crash, family rebuilds: 'We're getting stronger'

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - One year after a hit-and-run crash that left him fighting for his life in the hospital, a Nampa man is taking steps toward living a normal life.

KBOI 2News has followed Alan's story over the course of a year. Last year, on August 24, Alan Beavers was crossing Chinden Boulevard when he was hit by a car. Early the next morning, his parents, Monty and Anita Beavers, remember waking up to police banging on their door.

"We won't ever forget that knock on the door," Monty said. That will be with us the rest of our lives. That was the big game changer."

From there, Alan spent a full month in a coma with injuries to virtually every part of his body. He was in the hospital for more than 90 days before he was allowed to finish recovering at home.

"Those first few days there was almost like a fog for us, we could not believe it," Monty said. "We weren't sure if he was going to make it or not. Praise God, I'll try to keep from crying here, but he's alive with us, well, and improving very much so."

Doctors told the family Alan suffered severe brain damage. Recovery was slow, and happened one day at a time. Looking at it day-by-day, the family says it doesn't seem like their son was making much progress.

"It's such a slow process for me," said Alan's mom, Anita, who has spent nearly every day with Alan since the crash happened.

In all, Alan had six surgeries, and followed up his time in the hospital with countless trips to physical, occupational and vision therapy appointments, all so he can learn the basics for a second time.

"It's like history is repeating itself because we've done all of this before but we're doing it again," Anita said.

Looking back at pictures and videos taken in the weeks and months following the crash, the family says a lot has changed within a year.

"When I look back at videos that we took of him in the hospital from when he first woke up, I think, 'Wow, he really has come a long way,'" Anita said.

Alan doesn't remember the crash, or anything that happened up to two years before that. He said he remembered being very confused when he woke up in the hospital.

"I was 23 awhile ago, and now I'm 25 and I'm waking up in the hospital," he said.

Now, his memory is improving. Alan is also more independent, and is helping out around the house. The family says Alan had to learn to do things like cooking and cleaning all over again.

"Every day's a little different, but I feel pretty good now," Alan said.

Even good enough to do push-ups on an arm that was hit by a car going more than 50 mph.

The family says it's those little triumphs that make a year's worth of pain and struggle worth the fight.

"There have been some trying times in our home since (the crash), but we worked through a lot of things and we are getting stronger," Monty said. "We are moving ahead and Alan's getting better."

Alan has finished all of his physical therapy, but is still going to vision therapy twice a week. From here, his family says the next step will be learning to drive again. Alan hopes to have a part time job soon, and also wants to get his own place and maybe even go to college.

The family hopes their story will be enough to discourage people from texting while driving.

"If they just knew, if they just had to walk in our shoes for a couple of days they wouldn't take the text the next time," Anita said. "It changes everything."

Although life is completely different than it was one year ago, the family says watching Alan rebuild his life is more rewarding the second time around.

"We're looking forward to his future because I believe it's going to be a bright one," Monty said.

"It won't be the same life he had before, but actually I think it will be a better life," Anita added.