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Exclusive: DWI victim says he was left for dead
Rochester, N.Y. - He was struck by a man police say was driving drunk, sending his car careening into a house. "He didn't know if I was dead or alive or hurt," said Reggie Young. "He didn't care because he kept going."
The alleged drunk driver is now charged with leaving the scene of the accident as well as DWI. Young spent the night in the hospital and shared his story with 13WHAM News.
Young says he was picking up a family member around 11:30 Monday night. At the last minute his daughter decided not to accompany him, so the passenger seat was empty when it took the impact of the crash.
"I just remember saying 'Oh no', Young recalled.
He remembers watching the approaching headlights. Police say the oncoming car was traveling 71 miles per hour on tiny Laurel Street. "I could tell he tried to stop but it was too late. He just t-boned me, hit me in the side," said Young.
The impact sent his car into a house at 111 Myrtle Street. Young doesn't remember the impact itself, just waking up afterwards. "The head of the car was up under the porch! I was like, 'This can't be real,' you know?" he said.
Police say the other driver, 41-year-old Torrence Dyck, never stopped. "He didn't get out to see if I was all right, he just hit me and kept going," said Young.
Police found Dyck because witnesses recalled the brand new white Camaro he was driving. Officers found it parked at a home on Aab Street.
Young spent the night in the hospital. He is suffering from neck and back pain. He has a concussion, but has not been able to rest. "Imagine if someone was standing out there, they could have been hurt or killed," he said.