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Tow truck driver hit by semi says guardian angel saved him

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A Monroe tow truck driver says hospital trauma staff told him he should be dead. Steven Johnson Sr. has been in and out of Mercy St. Vincent's since a semi-truck hit him Saturday night.

Johnson was helping a woman who had run out of gas along northbound I-75 near exit 9. That's when he says a semi seemed to come out of nowhere, struck him, and then kept going. That truck driver is still nowhere to be found.

Johnson is now recovering at home. He says his wife came with him Saturday night to help a woman who had run out of gas along the highway. He says it was a typical night. He followed the normal procedures of where to park his tow truck. All his lights were on, and he was wearing his bright yellow reflective jacket.

"I just remember being thrown in the air, and I landed on the ground," Johnson says. "I was on the ground and in pain and nobody stopped, nothing, just kept going. I could feel my legs, because I could move them, so I was happy at that point. But feeling the blood and everything else, I was just afraid I was going to lay there and bleed to death."

Johnson says he was in and out of consciousness as the ambulance rushed him to the hospital.

"I told my wife I loved her. I loved my children, and I always would," he remembers.

He says the hospital staff says he should have died from the force of the impact alone, let alone the loss of blood. He needed two blood transfusions the night of the accident.

They have no explanation of why I lived and only have the conditions that I have -- 6 broken vertebrae and severe amounts of bruising and everything else. I mean, who else gets hit by a semi and they're up walking in three days after the fact?"

Johnson says the force of the truck trailer passing should have pulled him underneath.

"Something felt like it literally threw me to the ground and left me there. Something saved my life. It's my guardian angel," he says.

He and his wife believe he was being protected by his mother-in-law who passed away recently.

Johnson says he still doesn't know who hit him, but he think the driver knows and he should have stopped.

"You hit somebody, and you got to know by now you hit someone, because it was all over the CB radios that night," he says.

Johnson says he just wants an apology. In the meantime, he's making the most of his second chance.

"To be with my family and my grandson, I'm very happy," he says.

He says, as soon as he's done recovering, he wants to get right back to work.

As far as the driver of the semi, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says they don't have a description of the truck, so it will be up to the driver to come forward or for someone to bring them a tip.

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