Hit & Run: Boise man in hospital after being hit by a semi
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
One man is in the hospital after a semi truck hit him on Interstate-84 and drove off.
Idaho State Police says the crash happened last April 18 at about 6 a.m.
Eric Walz says he was driving to work when a white semi truck hit him causing him to lose control of his vehicle and smash into the concrete barrier at 65 miles per hour.
“And I remember gripping the steering wheel and I open my mouth and my eyes. As the barrier, there was nothing I could do to avoid this now,” Walz said.
The impact of the crash partially collapsed his lungs and fractured his sternum. Doctors say he will have chronic back issues for the rest of his life.
“I have to stay flat on my back. I can’t move. I have to wear this brace 24-7,” Walz said.
Walz has had multiple medical procedures and will need extensive rehab. His wife says the impact has been hard on their family.
“Praise God that he is here, and life is going to be different for us from here on out,” said Jennifer Walz.
ISP is investigating and a spokesman says the driver has not been caught.
“I’m having a hard time comprehending that if this truck driver knew what he did how could he just walk away?” Jennifer said.
The crash has hit the Walz family with medical bills and little income. Eric will be out of work for several months and his wife has disabilities limiting her employment.
“It’s frightening, it's nerve wracking, it’s stressful," Walz said.
“There’s forgiveness and we believe that and we want to extend that to him. Do the right thing. Come forward,” Jennifer said.
The Walz family has put together a YouCaring account to help pay for Eric's rehabilitation and family expenses. Anything helps.