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Wife of injured tow truck driver: Staff says it's a miracle he's alive

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The wife of an tow truck driver hit by a semi that fled the scene says the staff at the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center says it's a miracle that Steven Johnson is still alive.

"They said he had a guardian angel. They didn't think that with the impact of the semi and with the injuries he has... They don't understand how he made it. He should have been dead."

Johnson was helping to put fuel in a car that ran out of gas last night around 8:30 p.m. on I-75 NB near South Otter Creek Road in Monroe County.

That's when a semi-truck came out of nowhere and hit him. His wife, Dawn was out on the run with him. She says the tow truck's lights were on and Steven Johnson was wearing a reflective coat.

"He went flying up in the air." Dawn Johnson says. She also says her husband thinks an heavenly presence may have helped save his life. "He said that he felt somebody grab him, because my mom just passed away, but he swears up and down it's her."

Mrs. Johnson says that the driver of the truck clipped the mirror of her husband's tow truck and hit him, but just kept on going.  She says he suffered six broken vertebrae and needed two blood transfusions due to his injuries.

Steven's boss at Star Towing, Jim Sottle says the driver is a family man and one of his most dependable workers. He also says being a tow driver can be a dangerous job.

Sottle choked up when he spoke of the dangers. "You read about it all the time every week with towers in the nation something happening to them and you always hope.. excuse me... you always hope it's not going to be one of your drivers."

Sottle says Steven was in good spirits and was making jokes on Sunday about coming back to work.

"Usually someone gets hit by a truck, they're not going to win--and it's just-somebody was looking out for him."

Dawn Johnson says her husband has a long recovery ahead, but is expected to be all right.

Friends and family say this is a reminder to all drivers to move over when they see someone on the side of the road.

The family is asking that anyone with information about the accident call police.

 

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