Justice for John McManus

Changing the laws effecting hit-and-run drivers in Pennsylvania.

John McManus March 14, 2012

Filed under: Victim — Brittany Schmidt | custom photographer @ 2:46 pm
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John is a 34 year old husband, and father of two. He owns his own business, is a pitcher and short-stop for his softball team and loves his family more than any person I know.

On January 1st 2012 his whole world changed. He was helping a friend out of the car after a night out, where John was the designated driver for the evening, when a car flew down the street striking John.  John flew in the air at least 10+ feet and was left to die as he bled from his brain. The other passengers in the car including John’s wife of 10 years Misty came to his rescue as they watched the driver flee down the street. Misty held her husband as the ambulances arrived to care for him. John was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was listed in critical condition. During the next 3 weeks, John encountered numerous surgeries including placing a metal frame in his leg to support his shattered bones, metal plates in his head to protect his brain, as the bones were also fractured there.  Finally he was ready to come home!!

John knew what he was up against coming home; He still needed surgery to repair his torn ACL, but what happened next was not something anyone saw in his future.  On March 1st, 2012 exactly 2 months after the accident John was placed back into Critical Care in the ICU department a Pennsylvania Hospital. John was leaking spinal fluid causing debilitating headaches and pressure in his brain.  John received a cranialization, where they repaired the fracture and “Plugged” the hole, where the CFS was leaking from. His projected recovery time was 1 week. As the days after the cranialization passed, John’s condition slowly deteriorated. His memory was lapsing. The only memory of the accident he could recall, is the one he thought placed him back into the hospital on March 1st. His recollection of the accident was “He fell off a horse while jousting”. That conversation quickly followed with him referring to his wife Misty as his Daughter-in-law. By Friday March 9th, it felt like there was no hope, John was rushed back into emergency surgery were we were given a slim to none outlook on the situation.

As we hoped for the best, in the back of our minds the Doctor’s words were repeating in our head. “Blindness, Paralysis, and Coma” They just kept playing over and over again. This was a man, who only sat when he was eating. He was active with his kids, and enjoyed working and playing softball, and now there are chances he could never do any of those thing again? Where is the Justice for this?

As of today, John has turned a corner he has woken from the coma. Superman is pulling through. He will not let some person ruin his life. John is fighting for his life while the “Man” (if you can even call him that) is sitting home. Enjoying the nice 75 Degree Weather Delaware County has been having, while John has been in a hospital for 30+ of the last 60+ Days of the 2012 year.

The Person who hit him (Matthew Cooper) is a 24 Year old male who was a practicing EMT at the time of the accident. He claims that he became distracted while driving home from a New Years Eve party with friends. He knew he had hit something but still kept going not knowing if it was a person, a trash can even if it was a child. On January 3rd, A viewer (also neighbor of Cooper) had seen on the news that the Police were searching for a Sage Ford 500 with significant front end damage. The Neighbor called 911 when he saw Coopers car (A Sage Ford 500) in the parking lot, with a covered shattered windshield (where John had been struck) a missing side view mirror and bumper and no silence plate. The Police then came to the scene to investigate, Cooper had been arriving home from his job as an Emergency Medical Technician when he noticed the Police investigated his car. He approached the Police and asked if he could talk about an accident he had last night. Cooper was released on $500,000.00 un-secured bail, and is currently home enjoying life with his family as John sits in the ICU.

The family and friends of the McManus Family are desperate to get this bill passed to bring justice to John and other Hit & Run Victims who have not received justice for the crimes committed against them.

– Brittany, Family Friend

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2 Responses to “John McManus”

  1. brittanyschmidtphotography Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittany Schmidt Photography and commented:

    ♥ Please Sign this Petition. This isnt some contest. This is an attempt to get Justice for all Hit-and-Run victims in the area!


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