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Man Struck By Car While Walking Home Begs for Sidewalks
An Alton Park man who spent nearly two months in a coma after being hit by a car is alive and sharing his story.  He was walking home when the accident happened.

Thursday, Quentis Bonner spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 9 about how he says sidewalks might have prevented the accident.

"I hate for someone to have to go through what I went through, knowing they didn't deserve it because I always helped a lot of people, and I didn't deserve to get hit by a car," said Bonner.

Quentis Bonner told us he's thankful to be alive after his near-death experience.

"I'm here, so really I'm blessed because I'm here today doing a little better," said Bonner.

He's at home now with a broken leg and minor brain damage.

Bonner says he was heading home from work when the accident happened. He says if there were sidewalks, the accident could have been prevented.

"Me being up on the sidewalk I probably would have still been there. He probably would have seen that he was coming towards the sidewalk and would have turned or something," said Bonner.

Bonner believes his afro likely saved his life.

"When I get hit by the car, the pressure of me hitting the ground, if I would have had a regular haircut, I would have damaged my head and I wouldn't have woke up," said Bonner.

Bonner says he's now unable to work and he has a three year old son and a baby girl on the way.

"I wouldn't want that to happen to any other family, not knowing where your child is going to make it, he's in a coma for weeks and weeks, you don't know if he can hear you," said Chonipha Williams, Bonner's grandmother.

City councilman Chris Anderson says the city plans to add more sidewalks on Workman Road by December.

"In the new budget cycle, we're putting money in so we can do sidewalks on further down Workman Road, and my goal is to get another six or eight blocks all the way down to Wilson Road from Central Avenue," said Anderson.

Bonner's family is having a welcome home celebration this Saturday at 11am-4pm.  It'll be at the Piney Woods School to raise money for his hospital costs.

As for the driver who hit Bonner, he has not been charged.

By Jerry AskinMan Struck By Car While Walking Home Begs for Sidewalks

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