A Minneapolis man who was struck by a car as he tried to cross the street at the intersection of Aldrich Avenue and 26th Street is now out of the hospital and is speaking out about the crash.
Police are still looking for the driver, and possibly a green minivan involved in the crash, but very few witnesses are coming forward to help with the case. Now, however, Brian Kelly is recovering at home.
"Most amount of pain I've been into," Kelly said. "I think I'd rather fall off a ladder."
At 3, Kelly is currently full of staples.
"I can't tell you how many I got," Kelly said. "I got maybe 50 or so."
Metal rods and pain killers are now part of his life after spending hours in surgery at HCMC so that doctors could fix his broken left leg, pelvis and cracks in his hip.
"It's hard to sleep," Kelly told Fox 9 News. "Wasn't the Christmas I was looking forward to."
Yet, he also knows it could be worse.
"I definitely shouldn't be alive after taking a hit like that," he said.
The crash took place on Dec. 6. After a night of playing pool and listening to karaoke, Kelly and his friend, Troy Jacobson left the CC club in the Wedge neighborhood at about midnight and began walking down 26th Avenue to go home.
"At that point, wanted to get back, get some sleep," Kelly said.
As the two men tried to cross the street near Aldrich, they say a vehicle cam speeding down 26th Street and slammed into Kelly.
"It hit me so quick, I couldn't even hear it creeping up on me," Kelly said.
Jacobson avoided the collision but witnessed the horrific scene.
"When he landed in front of me, the first thing I could think of was, 'Oh my god, my best friend's dead,'" he recalled.
According to the police report, Kelly may have been struck by a green minivan, but with no other witnesses coming forward, investigators say it's hard to know for sure. Regardless, Jacobson has a message he hopes the driver will hear.
"If you strike somebody with your vehicle, it's your civil duty to stop and make sure they are okay and assist in any way," Jacobson.
Now, Kelly's younger brother, Max Steinhaur will help him rehabilitate for the next 6 months.
"I really just hope that he can start walking soon," he said.
For now, Kelly will need to use a wheelchair to get around, but he says good news and a tight-knit family will help him through the healing process.
"I feel pretty fortunate," Kelly said. "I'm starting to feel pretty broke, but fortunate."
Anyone with information regarding the crash is urged to contact Minneapolis police.