NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - A disabled man who got hit by a truck thought he would miss his son's high school graduation.
James Williams was riding his hand peddled bike through Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday when the accident happened. He was supposed to catch a military flight that night back to Portugal where his wife is stationed in the Air Force.
The fiance of the man that hit Williams tried to raise money for a plane ticket to get him there before his son graduates next week. There are no more military flights to Portugal before then.
Williams' wife is in Kandahar, Afghanistan right now, and if he doesn't make it, his son will graduate without either of his parents watching.
"We're going to do whatever we can to make sure he gets home to see his son graduate so he can film it for his wife so she can see it when she gets back from Afghanistan," Richelle Thompson told 10 On Your Side.
Thompson emptied her own savings account and fell short to purchase the $1,500 plane ticket. She also wanted to replace his $7,000 bike. So she set up a Facebook page, "Helping James Get Home" asking family and friends to pitch in.
Williams' bike is destroyed. The reason he's rides that special bike is because someone else hit him 10 years ago.
"A car ran me off the road, and I was DOA on arrival, and I died twice on the operating table," Williams said.
He got a bone infection, and doctors had to remove one knee cap, so his one leg is now about three inches shorter then the other.
"I Love riding bikes," said Williams. "I can't run, so this put the wind back in my hair, so to speak."
A local business man heard about Williams' dilemma on WAVY News 10 and donated the money needed to get him to his son's graduation and get him a new bike.
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