Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:05 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - A Missoula man says he's in more pain now than he was after a weekend accident where a man illegally jumped off of a bridge near East Missoula and landed on top of him.
Andy Hill says he and his wife were tubing on the Clark Fork River for the first time on Sunday and they got on the water minutes before the accident.
He said he didn't see the jumper coming.
"We were only about 300 feet down the river and I was just suddenly in intense pain and under water. Somebody had jumped off the top of the bridge and landed right across my legs, right about the knee," said Hill.
Hill was taken to the hospital where medical personnel took 22 x-rays.
"The tips of my fibia, on both sides, are broken off. There's a crack in my left femur. It looks like the ACL is torn in both knees, the PCLs is probably torn in the left and possibly torn in the right. I have a lot of bruising and swelling and a lot of pain."
He says he always thought jumping from bridges into a river is a bad idea, because you don't know what might be in the river.
"I really think that people need to really think about what they're doing-not just the potential to hurt themselves, but obviously the potential to hurt somebody else."
Hill says while he's angry at the person who jumped on him, he's also concerned about the man.
"He had said that his back hurt at the time, so I'm kind of concerned for his situation-how's he feeling? What are the extent of his injuries?
He wants to see the county ordinance, prohibiting people from jumping off bridges, enforced more strictly.
Hill says he will be in a wheel chair for at least the next couple of months. He went in for an MRI on Wednesday and he'll know more about the extent of his injuries later this week.
Hill says he's also waiting to see what portion of his medical bills will be covered by health insurance.
The Missoula County Attorney's Office will decide if the man who jumped off the bridge will be charged.