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Benefit For Young Man Critically Injured In Accident Draws Hundreds

(Photo Courtesy: Bushmire Family)

(Photo Courtesy: Bushmire Family)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Brandon Bushmire is back at home with his parents after spending 14 months in the hospital and undergoing six surgeries.

The 2010 South Fayette High School graduate was starting his junior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania back in Sept. 2012 when he and some friends were walking home from a house party.

Brandon was struck by a car, which eyewitnesses said was speeding.

The 21-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury, but he came home this past Thursday.

On Saturday night, there was a benefit fundraising dinner to help pay out-of-pocket expenses. His medical bill already totals nearly $2.5 million.

Alan Bushmire, his father, told KDKA-TV‘s Ralph Iannotti that “our family never gives up hope; although we live in reality, we know [his recovery] is an uphill battle.”

Bushmire said of his son, “He’s still unable to speak, but he does do hand gestures and nods his head.”

“It takes a few minutes to figure things out, but eventually, we get it,” Brandon’s father said.

The driver of the car that struck Brandon was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, put on probation for six months and had to give up his driver’s license.

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