Teen injured by impaired driver reports ‘slow progress’
A year after being severely injured by a drunk driver, 17-year-old Shakir Amory says he's making a gradual recovery.
He was 16 on the night of March 6, and travelling home from a family reunion dinner, when his auxiliary cycle was struck by Angelina Ambrosini.
The crash on South Road near Brighton Hill left him with serious head injuries, broken legs, a broken jaw and broken collarbone, and a collapsed left lung.
Ambrosini was sentenced to a year in jail this January.
With multiple surgeries, physiotherapy and continuing speech therapy, Mr Shakir's convalescence is an ongoing battle. Both legs and his jaw were repaired with metal plates.
The CedarBridge S4 student said: “It's getting there, but it's been slow progress.”
He continues to feel a lot of pain: “Walking is still painful, and I can't run; it's more like a stumble.
“I can see areas that are improving. There's a long way to go but I'm getting there.”
The Somerset boy's four months in hospital, plus continuing treatment, have also left the family with substantial bills.
Mother Roslyn Amory said: “A lot of our expenses have been covered by our insurance. What the insurance company does not pay, we have had to pay out of pocket.”
The family hasn't yet calculated the full amount, she said, “but I know it has to be a lot of money since he was in the hospital here, then a month abroad at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and then therapy on his return.”
They have recently made an application for costs to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
“I am trying not to worry about the expenses,” Mrs Amory said. “My concern has been Shakir.
“He is still in therapy and we just found out that the plate in his left leg needs to be removed. This operation will be done locally. But otherwise he's been coping. He's just trying to move on with his life, be a normal teen as much as possible, go to college and be successful.”