Survivor of alleged hit-and-run wreck shares his story

Austin Brush said he had just gotten home from a trip to Bend when he ended up pinned between two cars.

Posted: Jan. 28, 2019 7:45 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 8:20 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- An alleged hit-and-run wreck in the Whiteaker neighborhood on Sunday night has left a 24-year-old man recovering in Riverbend Hospital.

In an exclusive interview with KEZI 9 News, Austin Brush said he had just parked his car on 1st Avenue after a long trip home from a weekend in Bend.

He texted his mom, told her he made it home safely and then the unthinkable happened.

While Brush was unloading his car, he said he heard tires screeching.

He said he had just enough time to turn his head to look behind him, when he was suddenly hit.

Brush said his neighbors' vehicle was hit from behind by an alleged drunk driver, pushing that car into him and crushing his legs.
"I feared at the time that my leg was going to be ripped off or that I was going to be horribly internally bleeding or something," Brush said. "I was really worried about that."

The incident is still under investigation, but Eugene police said they do have a person of interest in the case.

Brush is undergoing surgery some time tomorrow. 

If you would like to help Austin and his family, they have set up a GoFundMe account, where you can donate by following the link.

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