WEYMOUTH (CBS) – Mike Carfagna, 39, walks slowly and gingerly, using a crutch these days. But the fact that he can walk at all is amazing, considering his injuries.
“I had plastic surgery done on my nose. I had a brain hemorrhage. I had a severed aorta, a shattered diaphragm, a severed liver, a broken leg, a replaced knee and then an abdominal muscle replaced in my mid-section,” he told WBZ-TV.
Carfagna was on a sidewalk in Weymouth back in February, when a driver ran over him, then hit another car.
The driver, 51-year-old Thomas Mohan, was seen on video falling on his face to the pavement during a field sobriety test. Police say he was drunk and high on drugs when he ran over Carfagna.
“He practically killed me,” Carfagna said, adding that he now has $100,000 worth of medical bills that he can’t pay. Mohan’s insurance will only cover about $20,000 of that.
Carfagna lives on $300 a month from welfare. All he wants is to heal up, so he can work again and get out of debt.
“I don’t hold any remorse against him,” Carfagna said. “I deal with alcoholism in my family, I know that it’s a disease.”
“I kind of understand his situation,” he told WBZ. “I have a little bit of sympathy for him, but I just don’t want it to happen to anybody else again.”