Ada hit and run victim speaks on recovery

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

ADA, OK - A former marine makes a remarkable recovery after being run over by a pick up truck outside an Ada bar.

24-year-old Josh Stein does not remember the accident that left him in an intensive care unit for nearly two months. Troopers said on Oct. 21, Stein was intentionally run over by a Ford F-350 pick-up truck outside Outlaw's Saloon.

"I woke up and I realized I was in the hospital," Stein said. "I looked over and told my wife to get me out of the hospital."

18-year-old Rowdy Wright was arrested for the hit and run and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Stein said he does not know his attacker.

"Clearly I met him that night but I don't remember that night," Stein said. "I could pass him on the street and not know that it was him."

The accident has left Stein with many scars. "Before this I was this big, strong, athletic guy," Stein said. "Now my shoulder doesn't work, I have no ear, my leg doesn't work half the time."

Stein's grandmother Nellie Hunter calls his recovery a miracle. "I'm just so thrilled," Hunter said. "I went to church and told them all it was a miracle."

Stein said he and his family are ready to leave the accident in the past.

Wright is being held in the Pontotoc County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond. Court records show a judge denied Wright's attorney's request to reduce Wright's bond. Wright is expected in court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 1.


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