A Carterton builder will spend the next six months learning to walk again after being hit by a car in an apparent road-rage attack.
Charles Anderson, 28, was struck while walking on a grass verge in Lincoln Rd, Carterton, last Friday night. The car that hit him drove off without stopping.
The incident was allegedly sparked by an earlier run-in, during which Mr Anderson is thought to have given the finger to the car's driver, Kayden Paish. The pair did not know each other.
Paish, 18, has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm by reckless disregard - an offence that carries a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment. He is also charged with driving while forbidden.
Mr Anderson's twin brother, Brendan, said he rushed to Wairarapa Hospital late on Friday night expecting to say his final goodbyes.
"My brother's lucky to be alive. The surgeon says he's doing amazingly well considering [what happened].
"When we got to the hospital we thought he might die from it."
Mr Anderson suffered multiple broken bones, including his shoulder, arm, femur, knee and both legs. Surgeons have since inserted a metal rod in his right thigh.
There appeared to be no brain damage or internal injuries, Brendan Anderson said.
His brother had been at a work function earlier on Friday and was intoxicated at the time. "By the sounds of things, he mouthed off and gave the guy the finger. He probably deserved a smack in the head, to be honest, but he didn't deserve this."
Mr Anderson would now spend six months learning how to walk again. "He's determined, he's a hard nut, and he's going to push himself to get better."
Paish, of Carterton, appeared briefly in the Masterton District Court yesterday and was bailed to reappear next month. He did not plead to the charges.
- The Dominion Post