GREENSBURG (KDKA) — State police are filing charges against a man accused of hitting a state trooper with a car in Westmoreland County last year.
The crash happened on Oct. 29, 2014, on Route 119 in East Huntingdon Township.
Police say 69-year-old Albert Gundy, of West Mifflin, swerved between traffic and Trooper George Hare Jr.’s vehicle, hitting Hare with his car.
Hare was picking up some debris along the side of the road at the time.
He was badly hurt in the accident.
“I remember lying on the side of the road and speaking to a UPMC nurse that saw the accident,” said Hare. “She came to my aid.
“I’m extremely lucky to be here,” added Hare.
His injuries included several broken bones and significant blood loss. He continues to recover from his injuries.
“Several fractures in my lower right leg, causing me pain. It’s hard to climb steps,” Hare said. “Physically, it’s tough going.”
But Hare hasn’t been alone. He’s received support from family and friends, and a Steeler.
“Arthur Motes paid me a visit,” Hare said. “He spent a few years in Buffalo. He spent an afternoon with me, which was fantastic, really nice guy.”
Full disclosure, Hare is a huge Bills fan. The team has sent him some gifts.
His favorite team, however, is one that wears a gray campaign cover, a team he wants to rejoin.
“It’s tough. I want to get there, but it’s tough. The guys I work with come and visit. I’d like to be right out there with them. It’s tough,” Hare said.
But tough is one thing Trooper Hare is.
“You take it and go with it,” he said. “You just keep fighting that’s all.”
Gundy is charged with several offenses, including aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and careless driving.
He was arraigned on the charges on Monday.