Drunk Driving Hits Home

Published: May. 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM CDT
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James West of Wichita Falls is still recovering in a Fort Worth Hospital after he was hit by an 18 drunk driver while riding his motorcycle on the Sheppard Access Road in Wichita Falls.

According to police West was driving his motorcycle down the Sheppard Access Road near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard when an intoxicated 18 year old driving a Nissan Titan Pickup hit West.

"Basically, they had to fly my dad down to Dallas to get an operation on his leg, they had to cut it off," said Victoria West, James Daughter.

West said she knew that accidents will happen, but she never thought this would happen to her family.

"He does not have that kind of money to pay for it all. We weren't prepared for this I mean I don't think anybody could in a situation like this," said West.

Makayla Bolf, the cousin of James West, said she first heard about over the phone after a call from her mother.

"Is he going to be okay? How severe is it? My main concern was, is he going to live? The finances were also a concern," said Bolf.

The dangers of drinking and driving is something that both Bolf and West said teenage children need to discuss.

"Kids are going drink, we have all been young at one point in time, but just stay home play it safe, it's not worth it anything can change at any moment," said Bolf.

James West continues to recover in the hospital after having his leg amputated and also undergoing back surgery. Bolf said that while she is angry about the situation she hopes that the 18 year old who hit her cousin while under the influence can learn a lesson.

"My heart breaks for him because I'm sure he did not wake up thinking I'm going to hit someone today or I'm going to hurt someone and he hit my cousin and now he is severely hurt this kid is behind jail and both of their lives have changed," said Bolf.

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