AUSTIN – The road to recovery is now paved with mixed blessings for Brian Lindquist and his family.
Lindquist is the Austin cyclist who was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver last fall, according to Austin police.
“It's been a very, very long, hard journey with approximately 10 surgeries. The shunt failing a couple of times with the Hydrocephalus, Meningitis twice,” said Susan Buehler, Brian’s mother.
In October 2012, Lindquist was cycling to work as a waiter at a downtown Austin hotel. Around 4:30 a.m. Austin police say Truett Don Jones, who was driving under the influence, hit Lindquist and took off dragging the bicycle underneath.
It wasn’t Jones’ first brush with the law, still a Travis County judge refused to increase his bail last week nor was his license revoked, so Jones is still driving free.
“He’s had three, I believe, felonies against him and is doing community service. My request would be, I don’t really care about what his sentencing is, but I would like for him and his family to support Brian for the rest of his life. That would be justice I think,” said Buehler.
Lindquist’s insurance has given him until March 8th to leave the Texas Neuro Rehab facility in North Austin, a place his mother credits for his recent progress.
“We're kind of worried about the insurance paying for a post-acute brain trauma place where he would be in, kind of like a group home and he would be getting intensive cognitive and speech therapy. That's what he really, really needs,” Buehler said.
The Lindquist family and their attorney are considering filing a civil lawsuit against Jones and his family.
In the meantime, family and friends of the injured cyclist are hoping that someone in the Austin community will step up with ideas about the 24-7 care that his mother says he now needs.
“When you do something like that you need to take care of the person that you've harmed,” Buehler said.
Anyone who can help is encouraged to contact the Shefman Law Firm in Austin.