A Manatee County woman can’t understand why charges have not been filed against a driver who crushed and nearly killed her husband.
Cathy Christian-Simmons’ husband Thomas Simmons is a veteran who survived Vietnam, only to then lose both of his legs when a car slammed into him last month in Bradenton.
On Dec. 18, Christian-Simmons says her 72-year-old husband who does yard work had finished up a job in the Braden River Estates neighborhood when he noticed a neighbor struggling to fix a fence.
He decided to help her out and walked out to the back of his truck for tools.
As he stood behind the truck, a car slammed into him, pinning Simmons between the two vehicles.
Christian-Simmons believes the driver who hit her husband should have been arrested, or in the very least, issued a traffic citation.
The driver, 28-year-old Johnny Durrance, lives on that street and told News Channel 8 the day of the wreck that he briefly glanced down and just didn’t see Simmons.
“By the time I looked up, it was done,” Durrance said. “By the time I looked up, the air bags deployed.”
“He wasn’t paying attention,” Christian-Simmons said in response. “I don’t know the reason why he wasn’t paying attention.”
An initial crash report shows Durrance was driving with an expired license.
Christian-Simmons said officers told her the day of the crash that Durrance should not have been behind the wheel.
Durrance walked away from the wreck. Thomas Simmons may never walk again.
“It’s not right, that’s all I can say,” Christian-Simmons said.
Durrance’s blood was drawn by police the day of the wreck for toxicology purposes.
Calls and inquires put in to Bradenton police Thursday for an update to the investigation were never returned.