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Published April 07 2010

Road to recovery: Fargo man back to work after being injured in hit-and-run accident

Justin Bohmer was back at work Tuesday, assembling benches about a block away from where a car struck him and left him lying in the middle of a Fargo street with a bleeding head and broken bones.

Almost three months have passed since the hit-and-run, and police haven’t found the driver.

Sgt. Mark Lykken said the case is considered open but inactive, and Fargo police have no additional information to release about the Jan. 13 incident.

“We’re just hoping for the leads to come in,” he said Tuesday.

Bohmer and a friend had been playing music at The Aquarium nightclub in downtown Fargo on the night of the hit-and-run.

They went back to the friend’s place, and Bohmer left for home on foot about 2 or 2:30 a.m.

Bohmer has said he doesn’t remember the car hitting him. A passer-by reported finding him about 4:43 a.m., bleeding in the middle of the 1200 block of Eighth Street South, about a block from his home.

Bohmer’s father set up a reward fund, now at more than $7,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver, but it’s attracted no takers.

A Facebook page started by Bohmer’s sister, titled “Help Find the Person Who Ran Over My Brother,” has more than 4,000 fans, but only nine posts to its wall since January.

Bohmer returned to his job at Shotwell Floral about two weeks ago.

The 25-year-old Army veteran wears a vest-style plastic back brace for support as his three broken vertebrae continue to heal. He said he may have to go back to physical therapy when the brace comes off.

“From what I understand, they’re never going to be normal again,” he said of the damaged vertebrae. “There’s not really much they can do. They’re all compressed and wedge-shaped now, as opposed to the normal square kind of shape. So, those three are going to fuse together and I’m kind of going to have a permanent hunch, but everything seems to be going as well as it can be.”

Bohmer almost has full range of motion in his right arm, which is held together with a metal plate and rods, but he doesn’t know if it’ll regain full strength.

He’s able to brush his teeth and eat with his right hand again, and his blond hair has grown over the long scar on his head.

Bohmer acknowledged that it’s frustrating knowing the driver is still at large, but added there’s not much he can do about it.

“It sucks, but it’s not like I’m going to go out and find ’em,” he said. “At this point, it just seems like it’s up to somebody saying something at a bar or something and then getting told on.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528