NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The family of a postal worker struck by a car last week on Long Island said he remains hospitalized and has a long road to recovery.
Friends and co-workers have started a GoFundMe page to help Mike Martinez, his wife and two children handle the medical bills and other expenses.READ MORE: After More Than A Year, The Show Must Go On: More Broadway Shows Announce Plans To Resume Performances
Martinez was standing outside his vehicle loading mail into a bag last Tuesday in North Babylon when he was hit from behind by a car that had veered off the road, Suffolk County police said. The car then hit the postal truck, a fire hydrant and a telephone pole.
Martinez had to have one leg amputated and is having another surgery Tuesday to try and save the other, 1010 WINS reported.READ MORE: Video: Suspect Pulls Gun, Opens Fire After Brooklyn Fender-Bender
His family said Martinez was in better spirits over the weekend, but still has a long road ahead.
It looks like he will be in the hospital for at least another five weeks and then will have months of rehab to learn to walk with a prosthetic.MORE NEWS: Subway, Transit Hub COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Sites Target Commuters As FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12-15
The driver was charged with reckless driving.