SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The family of a skateboarder hit by a car this week in Springfield is now talking about the ordeal.
The family says it’s been a tough few days but Cody Nute did take his first steps Thursday.
After undergoing brain surgery Cody’s family says he has a long road to recovery but it could’ve been a lot worse.
Police lights lined the block of 15th and Q Street just moments after a car hit Dwayne Nute’s son.
“It was just an emotional disaster really,” said Dwayne Nute.
Dwayne says his 17-year-old son Cody was skateboarding when he was hit by a car Tuesday night.
This is one of several pedestrian versus car accidents in the past few weeks, raising concerns over pedestrian safety and the rules of the road.
Springfield Police say a call came in of two 17-year-olds hit at the corner of 15th and Q Street and that they were not on the sidewalk.
Now Cody is confined to a hospital bed — with a broken back, pelvis, leg and multiple other injuries.
“I was like standing at his bed just waiting for him to wake up, just holding his hand waiting for him to wake up,” said Kari Nute, Cody’s sister.
“He has short term memory loss. Every time he wakes up we have to remind him what happened. That’s kind of a bummer it’s like watching him get hit all over again,” said Dwayne Nute.
While Cody remains in the intensive care unit — his dad says he is able to speak and he took his first steps Thursday.
“For him to want to do it and get up and actually do it on his own you know it’s got to be a positive note,” said Dwayne.
But it’s still a long road to recovery for Cody and the Nute family.
Springfield Police say the driver is not facing any charges at this point but the investigation is ongoing.