A University of North Florida track athlete who was hit by a car at a track meet is expected to start running again.
Manny Velasquez, the UNF student and track athlete, was struck and dragged in a parking lot in North Carolina nearly a month ago after he had shortly finished a 1-mile run, UNF Spinnaker originally reported.
He suffered a broken pelvis and collarbone, and needed skin grafts and reconstructive surgery on his knee.
"As bad as this list of pains, I've been able to push through it during these past few weeks because of the amount of support that I've received from so many tremendous people," he said in a Facebook post on March 4.
Valesquez said that if all goes well during rehabilitation he will be able to run within the next 12-15 months.
Family, friends, and people I don't even know, I can't thank everyone enough for the prayers, texts, posts, snaps , love, and support you are all giving me. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of people who have reached out to me during my surgeries and time in ICU. Anyone that knows me sure as hell knows that it's gonna take a lot more than a truck and a trailer to take me down! My body is broken, but my heart has never felt so full because of y'all. Thanks again everyone
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