Rockcastle County teen continues remarkable recovery from hit and run incident
The road where Jared was hit.
KY (WLEX) – It's been one month since a Rockcastle County teenager was
hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Now, he's making big strides in
his recovery and speaking out about the accident for the first time, and about
the search for who is responsible.
Jared Johnson says he doesn't
remember anything at all the night when he was walking along Scaffold Cane
Road, not a hundred yards from his house, when he was hit by a hit and run
driver. But, he's determined not to let the pain of recovery slow him down.
"I always get better," he said. "I get hurt a lot and I get
right back up."
Johnson has a long road ahead of
him, however. "I broke (my) kneecap cap and the other knee cap, broke (my)
elbow, got a screw in it," he said. "(And) a screw in my
"All I know is when the cop
came to our door he had Jared's cell phone and told me I needed to go to the
hospital," said Johnson's mother, Veronica Waddles.
It was there in the hospital Johnson
stayed for almost a month. And even today, questions remain about what
happened. "They turned around and go the other way and not even call the
cops?" said Johnson.
Who was driving the car that hit
Johnson? That's what his mother would like to know. "I just wish someone
would just come and say 'I'm sorry. I did this, I'm sorry.'"
For now, they have to focus on
getting better, and Johnson is surprising everyone. "They didn't expect
him to recover so quickly," said Waddles, who said she had the feeling he
was going to be okay from the start.
Despite the time in the hospital,
Johnson is set to graduate on time from high school.
If you have any information about
the incident, call police.
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