THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A man nearly killed in a hit-and-run last October is making inspiring progress.

Timothy Albo was in a coma for weeks after he and a friend were hit by a driver near Coors Field at 20th and Chestnut in Denver. The driver, Brandon Mondragon, recently pleaded guilty to hitting the pair and driving off.

Six months later Albo is recovering more of his memory and his quiet sense of humor. He’s also now doing some basic reading and writing.

Watch Tom Mustin’s Wednesday night report in which Albo spoke about his recovery for the first time.

Albo’s recovery routine includes physical therapy three times a week and he hopes to be able to return to his job as an electrician some day.

“I want to go back to work where I used to work,” he told CBS4.

His family, who has been very close through the whole ordeal, is amazed by his progress.

“Just to see what he does on a daily basis and see he’s coming back to us — It’s incredible,” his sister Melanie Salazar said. “A lot of people don’t get the gift that we’ve been given.”

Albo says he would like to thank everyone who has prayed for him while he heals.

Alcohol likely played a role in the crash, and on Sunday Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a vigil for all victims of drunk driving in Colorado. That will take place at the Space Gallery on Santa Fe, and Albo and his family will be there.

Mondragon and is expected to get six months of work release, four years probation and 300 hours of community service in a sentencing hearing later this month.


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