Hit and run victim John Shoeboot impaled by fence relearning to walk
Suffered compound fractures to both legs
Last Updated: 52 days ago
DENVER - At 52, John Shoeboot is far from a quitter, but until recently even he didn’t know just how much “fight” there is in him.
“You fall down but you have to get back up again. Just the little things you took for granted, are now challenges that are very hard to do,” he told 7NEWS.
On July 30, Shoeboot was waiting at a bus stop near Colfax and Josephine Street when police said a car driven by Mark Skipper jumped the curb and slammed into several people. Surveillance video showed the impact.
“It happened so fast,” Shoeboot said.
Witnesses reported the suspect crawled out of the window and ran off, he was later arrested.
“I saw it about a second and a half before it hit me. It pinned me and shoved a board from my knee up to my buttocks. It impaled me. I wasn’t able to get up,” Shoeboot said.
The Denver man has had seven surgeries to repair the compound fractures he suffered to both legs.
“I think the doctor said they took about 4 or 5 hours of picking splinters out of the inside of my thigh,” Shoeboot said.
The fence post shattered the bones in his right leg, which are still held together by screws. He’s out of the hospital and is relearning to walk.
“I do get stronger, everyday, I do,” he said.
Shoeboot said he doesn’t harbor any animosity toward the man who hit him, but wishes the driver would’ve had the courage to stop.
“God won’t let me have anger in my heart,” he said.
Shoeboot still has several surgeries and years of physical therapy ahead of him.
Skipper is due back in court in December.
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