Picking up the pieces following vehicle accidents

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

This week, Lewis says he will watch Kilcrease stand before a judge. The Florida Highway Patrol had determined the 22-year-old was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.164.

“All I want is to see them throw the book at him to learn a lesson,” Lewis said as he reached for his cane to stand. “He’s young and he has a child, so I’m not looking to take his money. I don’t want them to be easy on him, but I don’t want them to bury the kid.

“I just want this to be a wake-up call. We’re both lucky we made it out alive.”

Slowly recovering

A makeshift wheelchair ramp lies over the front porch steps of John Brandon’s home. A hospital bed he slept on for a month is in his living room.

The pain he feels with each step he takes reminds him of his motorcycle wreck last August.

“It’s been a struggle,” Brandon said at his home in Navarre. “The pain’s gotten better, manageable, and each time I do more it gets a little easier. But the doctors say it will still be a year before it starts to feel normal.”

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