WEYMOUTH (CBS) – A gas station owner in Weymouth is asking for prayers for one of his workers who was severely hurt on the job. He was hit by a car at the Mobil station on Main Street Monday evening.
Station owner Abe Nassif said the employee, Mike Hammade, was pumping gas, going from pump to pump when he was struck by an SUV and knocked to the ground. He was rushed to the hospital, where his wife, daughter and son are now with him. A friend told WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields that Hammade was still unconscious Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the driver who hit the attendant stayed at the station and is cooperating with them.
Nassif said it was a tragic accident and that the driver is a regular customer who knows Mike.
“She is a very nice lady. She likes him too. He’s very nice with her,” Nassif told WBZ-TV Tuesday. “She was screaming, crying (after the accident).”
Hammade’s stepdaughter was tearful telling WBZ he suffered severe internal bleeding when he was struck. “He doesn’t have much function,” she said. “He’s basically on life support and as soon as that stops, he’ll likely pass.”
Nassif said Mike has worked for him for 15 years. Back in January, the attendant was beaten in an armed robbery at the gas station. Three men were arrested in that attack.
“It’s bad luck,” Nassif said. “I hope he can make it.”
His family hopes his resiliency will shine through once again. “You can only hope for a miracle, but the doctors are saying that it’s very slim,” Hammade’s stepdaughter said.
Mike Savage a family friend of Mike, said “[He] is the kind of employee any employer would want. He was always first here in the morning, he was always dependable. Everyone loved him…and everyone is praying that he can recover.”
Police were back at the station Tuesday morning gathering evidence. There’s no word yet on any charges at this point in the investigation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Hammade’s family.