Bicyclist Struck By Car Talks To 10News About Recovery

Grant Fisher Paralyzed From Waist Down After January Crash

A bicyclist severely injured after a car crashed into him earlier this year spoke to 10News about his recovery and the message he has for drivers.

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Grant Fisher has spent most of 2012 confined to a hospital bed.

On January 19, Fisher -- an employee of San Diego County Credit Union -- went for a bike ride during his lunch break.

He never returned to work.

According to San Diego police, an elderly driver crashed right into him as he was riding in the bike lane on Sorrento Valley Boulevard, pinning him underneath the car.

"The initial thing was, why me?" the 44-year-old Fisher told 10News from his hospital room at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla.

This life is quite a change for Fisher, who loves the outdoors. He is now paralyzed from the waist down, but he said he is grateful he's alive.

"I can move my hands, I can move my arms, I don't have brain trauma," Fisher said. "I made it through a lot easier than a lot of [other] people."

He told 10News he can't remember anything from the collision.

"I went from one life to another. I went from able body, going to work, riding my bicycle, to dealing with a new lifestyle," Fisher said.

He knows he has a long journey ahead, but he said not to count him out just yet.

"At the end of the day, do I want to walk out of here? Hell yeah, I do. But I do want to keep it realistic because I am dealing with a pretty big injury," said Fisher.

He's taking it day by day and recently started to wiggle his toes.

For others going through a similar journey, he encourages them to "stay as positive as you can."

For drivers, he has a simple, but clear message: "Just pay attention to the road because people get hurt."

The elderly driver who struck Fisher was not charged with any crime, according to San Diego police.

Fisher said he hopes to get out of the hospital in July. From there, he'll return to his Escondido home with his wife to continue the long process of rehab.

If you wish to help in Fisher's recovery, checks can be made out to "Grant Fisher Fund" and sent to:

San Diego County Credit Union 1600 S. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025 C/o: Benefit of Grant Fisher

Paypal: BenefitofGrantFisher@gmail.com

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