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Mike Nowatzki and J. Shane Mercer, Forum staff writers, Published January 16 2010

Man hit by car doing well

The father of a man seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning said his son is doing “remarkably well” and that he “seems completely normal as far as his personality, the way he’s talking to us.”

“Obviously it looks good compared to what we expected,” said Dan Bohmer.

Bohmer made the comments at a Friday afternoon news conference at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

His son, Justin Bohmer, was found about 4:43 a.m. Wednesday bleeding from the head and lying in the middle of Eighth Street South between 12th and 13th avenues in Fargo.

Dan Bohmer joked about a connection between his son’s recovery and the younger Bohmer being a “young, healthy, stubborn German.”

Doctors are surprised at how quickly Justin, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, is recovering, his father said during the Friday interview. Dan Bohmer said it’s too early to tell if his son will have any permanent physical damage.

The father has expressed anger about the hit-and-run incident. At Friday’s news conference, he said he understands accidents happen.

But, he added that what “I’m not OK with is driving off, leaving him to die.”

Justin sustained a fractured arm and vertebrae and cuts to his head and torso when he was struck.

Meanwhile, donations and pledges are adding to a reward offered by Dan Bohmer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who hit his son. MeritCare spokesman Darren Huber said the total reward is up to $4,000.

“The community response has been incredible,” the father said.

Dan Bohmer said that his son thinks the previously discussed time of the accident may not be right. He said Justin thinks he left his friend’s house to walk home closer to 2 or 2:30 a.m., a little earlier than originally reported.

In an interview Friday evening, Dan Bohmer said he expects his son to remain in the hospital until sometime next week then move to a rehabilitation facility.

Justin’s mother, Teresa Bohmer, said she’s “just amazed and excited, just happy” about the upgrade in her son’s condition.

She says his spirits are good and he “doesn’t stop talking.

“I tell him he needs to rest,” she said.

Dan Bohmer said those who wish to send get-well messages to his son or send in contributions to the reward fund may send them to Justin Bohmer Reward Fund, c/o Dan Bohmer, 515 30th St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560. Donations to the reward fund can also be made through Gate City Bank.

Fargo police continue to investigate the incident.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734 and Forum Reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528