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Published January 15 2010

Hit-and-run victim upgraded to satisfactory condition

UPDATED 12:34 p.m.

FARGO - A 25-year-old Fargo man severely injured in a hit-and-run accident on Wednesday was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition today at MeritCare Hospital.

Justin Bohmer will move from MeritCare's critical care unit to another floor in the hospital today, spokesman Darren Huber said.

Doctors are surprised at how quickly Bohmer, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, is recovering, his father said today.

Bohmer has been awake and talking but is still in a lot of pain, said his father, Dan Bohmer.

He said it’s too early to tell if his son will have any permanent physical damage.

Justin Bohmer sustained a fractured arm and vertebrae and cuts to his head and torso when he was hit early Wednesday in the 1200 block of Eighth Street South, about two blocks from his home.

He’s expected to remain in the hospital through at least next week before moving to a rehabilitation facility, his father said.

A reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver is up to $3,500. Contributions may be made at any Gate City Bank location.

Dan Bohmer said those who wish to send get-well messages to his son or send in contributions to the reward fund without going to the bank may send them to Justin Bohmer Reward Fund, c/o Dan Bohmer, 515 30th St. N., Moorhead, MN, 56560.

Fargo police continue to investigate the incident.