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Nick Ruppert

 

 

On Thursday, March 10, 2005, at around 10:00 PM, 21 year old Nick Ruppert was on his way home from work at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, AZ.  While crossing N. Scottsdale Rd. in the crosswalk at Rose Lane, he was struck by a vehicle moving southbound on Scottsdale Rd.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and to date has not been identified.

This web site was set up to keep friends and family updated on Nick's condition as he struggled for his life. 

Nick was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn ICU with severe head trauma.  Most of the major bones on the right side of his body were broken, including his orbital area, femur, pelvis, elbow and collarbone.  He also had torn and damaged ligaments in his left knee.

 

Special thanks to 23 year old Sgt USAF Firefighter/EMT Scott Brady, visiting home from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Scott arrived at the accident and within seconds restored Nick's heart beat and breathing until the aid unit arrived.  Scott's actions saved Nick's life that night.  Huge thanks also to Chris Salinas, who risked his own life to stop traffic and call 911.

 

Witnesses described the vehicle as a small SUV.  One witness described the vehicle as a light pink GEO TRACKER with colorful graphics on the sides; others said it was gold or silver.  It would surely have sustained damage to the front end and because no broken glass was found at the scene, it is probable that the windshield and headlights were still intact following the accident.  We are asking that anyone who may have any information at all about this vehicle or its driver please call Silent Witness (480-WITNESS, 1-800-343-TIPS) or Scottsdale Police.

 

After four months in the hospital, on July 7, 2005, Nick was discharged from the Barrow Neurological Institute.  He still must use a wheelchair when he leaves the house, and has difficulty speaking clearly, but continues to work hard on on his rehabilitation. In the fall of 2007 he was able to start a class at ASU, and continues to dream of graduating someday.  The driver of the vehicle that struck Nick has still not been identified.  If you have any information about this incident, please call Silent Witness at 1 800 343-8477.

 

Thanks for checking in on Nick's progress, and for your continued prayers and support.  It is working!  Keep checking , we'll update with new information as we have it.

 

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