Teen talks about being hit while pushing SUV
Brothers struck by driver FHP says was driving drunk
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Frederick Horn, 17, and his 14-year-old brother, Jason Newton, were pushing their family's SUV off Blanding Boulevard when it ran out of gas on Jan. 17 when they were struck by a car.
"When I turned around, all I seen was headlights and a car, then I turned around again and tried to push my brother out the way," Fredrick said. "By then we had done got hit."
Fredrick was pinned under one of the vehicles; Jason was thrown onto the road and suffered head injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Christopher Breza, the driver who smashed into the boys and the disabled vehicle, was driving drunk. According to court records, it was Breza's fourth DUI violation.
Frederick had to undergo several surgeries that saved his life, but cost him one leg.
"I had just woke up, then I realized where I was, and then I reached back down there," Fredrick said. "After that, all you heard was me screaming in the room."
Nearly four weeks later, Frederick remains in rehab at UF Health Jacksonville, learning to walk again without a leg. Jason is still in intensive care at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
While sometimes Frederick blames himself for his brother's injuries, he says Jason is also his greatest inspiration to keep pushing, and eventually, play football again.
"Right now I'm just hoping that my wounds and my gashes heal they heal I get fitted for my prosthetic then I go talk to my coaches and they help me condition my leg and I'll be able to still play football," Fredrick said.
Breza remains in jail after a judge refused to grant him bond and remains in jail charged with two counts of DUI with great bodily harm and another felony count for having a fourth DUI.
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