Motorcyclist speaks to Local 10 News after surviving hit-and-run crash
Jonathan Borrero, 21, says he's done with motorcycles
MIAMI – Jonathan Borrero remembers that February night when a van slammed into the back of his motorcycle.
Borreo was stopped at a red light in Little Havana when the crash happened. The impact sent him soaring through the air.
"All I remember is that I was hungry (and) I wanted to go to Taco Bell," Borrero, 21, said.
What he doesn't remember is all on video.
"I wasn't even expecting it," Borrero said. "And then, once it hit me, I don't remember anything."
Borrero had traumatic brain injuries and broken bones throughout his body due to the crash and spent a month in a coma. A one point doctors were unsure about whether he would survive.
"It was probably the worst time of my life -- terrible," Borrero said.
Today, Borrero is walking, talking and even smiling -- evidence of a remarkable recovery.
Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden caught up with Borrero on Tuesday afternoon as he picked up his girlfriend from work.
"I watched it and I started crying. I broke down," he said, referring to the crash video. "I was like, 'Wow, that was me at the light.'"
Authorities said two good Samaritans were able to track down the driver, Luis Sanchez, in a nearby parking lot minutes after the crash.
"He left me like an animal," Borreo said.
Sanchez was arrested and is now awaiting trial.
Although there are still many scars that need to heal, Borrero said he already has a new outlook on life and is ready to get back to work and one day marry Dayna Richardson, the woman of his dreams.
"I was surprised that she was there when I was in a coma," he said. "I couldn't talk to her. I couldn't see her. So I was surprised."
Richardson may love Borrero, but his motorcycle, not so much.
"Let me tell you. The other day he saw a motorcycle (and) he was like, 'Oh my God, babe! I miss my motorcycle so much.' I was like, 'No. No,'" she said.
Borrero said he is done with motorcycles. In fact, he purchased a car and has no plans to ever get on another motorcycle.
As far as his recovery, he has screws in his leg and can't run, but he hopes to make a full recovery.
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