Man recovering after wrong-way driver in stolen tow truck hits him head-on during rush hour on I-25

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 21:21:54-04

DENVER -- A man hit by a wrong-way driver who fled the scene of the crash on I-25 in Denver last Friday is trying to recover after multiple surgeries to repair several broken bones and other injuries.

Chase Fregosi suffered a shattered right leg and left arm, along with numerous other broken bones and injuries, in the crash Friday. Fregosi has undergone at least three surgeries since then at Denver Health.

“His right leg and left arm are the two worst,” said Fregosi’s fiancé, Kelsie Lee. “He’s in good spirits, so there’s no reason why I shouldn't be.”

The wrong-way driver, who was driving a stolen tow truck, hit the Mazda Fregosi was driving on I-25 at rush hour on Friday.

Police haven’t identified a suspect in the crash, but said Monday they were looking into “several” other incidents that also happened Friday involving Thomas Busch, who was arrested after leading police on a chase with a tractor through downtown Denver Friday night. Police have yet to confirm if the two incidents are connected.

Doctors say they expect Fregosi to make a full recovery. Two GoFundMe pages to help pay for his medical expenses had raised about $6,000 total as of Monday afternoon.

Lee says she’s overwhelmed by the support from strangers, yet still shocked that someone could flee the scene of such a bad crash.

“How do you get to walk away from that and (Chase) doesn’t get to?” she wondered. “So yeah, that’s been the hardest part.”