Created: 06/25/2014 7:14 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Daniel Gallegos' life changed last April at 60th and Central in northwest Albuquerque.
"The last I remember is riding the bus," he said.
Police said Gallegos was crossing the street and made it to the median. He then looked both ways and was hit.
"They said that the car hit me at 45 miles an hour," Gallegos added.
Police said Gallegos wasn't using a cross walk and so he didn't have the right of way.
"Basically my fault," Gallegos said.
The nearest crosswalk is about a quarter mile away from Gallegos' bus stop. Crossing near that bus stop, he said, was the easiest and quickest way to go.
But it nearly cost him his life.
"I have a metal leg. I have a metal arm. I have 72 staples in me now, 62 staples in me know and I can't lift nothing for six months," he said.
Each time he drives by that area, he cringes at the sight of those doing the same exact thing he was doing when he was hit.
"I could have been dead. Yeah, I could have been dead that day," he said.
Gallegos says if there was a crosswalk near that bus stop, people would use it. He's written up a proposal that the city has already agreed to look at.
He's crossing his fingers they go a bit further.
"I had a tragedy happen to me so let's hope something good happens out of it," Gallegos said.