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Sioux Falls Man Recovering After Hit & Run In Texas

January 24, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Man Recovering After Hit & Run In Texas
Arnie Larson

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A 77-year-old Sioux Falls man is recovering from serious injuries he sustained in a hit and run accident in Texas earlier this month.

Arnie Larson was spending the winter down south, but had to be airlifted back to Sioux Falls after spending a few days in the intensive care unit.

"According to the police report, they said he was going 15 mph, but it felt like more than that," Arnie Larson said as he laughed.

He can joke now, but three weeks ago tonight it was no laughing matter. 

Larson had just finished eating and was walking across the street in Las Cruces, New Mexico when he was struck by a pickup.

"When I hit that other lane, I heard the noise and felt it, first thing I thought, you dummy, stepping out in front of a car," Larson said.

Larsen broke his pelvis in two places, broke four ribs and collapsed his lung.  He also suffered a deep cut on the back of his head.

"The next thing I know I was on the curb and people were working on me, getting emergency numbers that kind of stuff," Larson said.

Larson is healing now at Bethany Home in Brandon.  He's getting lots of visitors and cards from people he doesn't even know.

While the driver of the hit and run hasn't been located, Larson doesn't care.

"The guy who stopped for me, got somewhat of a description, I think he said it was a small pickup, but that's as far as they've gone with it," Larson said.

Larson is using a walker to get around now, but he says he just feels fortunate to still be here.

"I do, I do, the good Lord was looking out for me," Larson said.

Larson has been doing therapy twice a day.  If all goes well, he hopes to go back home early next week.

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