Cyclist's road to recovery after being hit by accused drunk driver

Danny Morris
Danny Morris

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Danny Morris, 31, is finally recovering at home after an accused drunk driver crashed into him and his friend Nathan Crowson while they were riding bikes nearly a month ago.

The accident happened January 21, 2012 in the 6100 block of Perkins Road around 9 p.m. Police say Joseph Branch hit them from behind.

According to police, Branch, 28, had a blood alcohol level of .307 percent. The legal limit in Louisiana is .08 percent. Police say Branch was nearly four times the legal limit. Branch has been charged with second offense DWI and vehicular homicide.

Crowson was killed by the collision and Morris was taken to the hospital with injuries to his lower body and was listed in critical condition.

"I woke up in the hospital and was surrounded by all my family and all these people I hadn't seen in a while," said Morris.  "It was very surreal."

He had a broken left ankle, his hip and femur are pinned. His pelvis was shattered, he now has a metal brace holding it together.

"I can't walk, can't work," said Morris.  "I have to get help going to the restroom, and I can't feed myself."

Morris can't walk and can barely wiggle his toes. He's going to the doctor on March 21 to find out if he is ready to start physical therapy. He is hoping he will be able to walk and ride his bike again, but right now his mission is much simpler.

"My biggest goal is to just make it through the day," he said.

Danny says he's not bitter, even toward the man police say caused the crash.

"I hope he can work everything out," said Morris.  "I feel kind of bad for him.  He's probably going through a lot too."

He can't remember much about the accident and is still in shock over losing his close friend, Nathan Crowson.

Morris is very grateful for all of the support he has gotten from the public. Someone he doesn't even know is hosting a fund raiser for him on Friday.

"Thank you all so much for everything, all the kind words and helping my family and everything," said Morris.

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