Stephenville resident Larry Hammett was involved in an accident on Nov. 17 at Bruner Motors where he works.

According to his wife Pat, Larry was exiting a vehicle after a test drive when it began to roll backwards, running him over. Larry doesn’t remember much about the accident, but suffered injuries to both legs, a pelvic fracture and heart attack following the incident.

He was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he stayed until he was transferred to Ridgeview Rehabilitation in Cleburne on Dec. 8.

“We spent our 51st anniversary in the hospital, but we’re lucky because he really is a miracle,” Pat said. “They didn’t give us much hope, but he proved them wrong.”

Though Larry will undergo another surgery and will have to learn how to walk again, Pat said his spirits are high and he has a great team of physical therapists at his side.

“I think everything’s going to be alright. It’s just going to take a long time,” Pat said. “He’s been really patient. It’s a day-by-day deal and all we have is time.”

Fred Weldon, longtime friend of the Hammetts, helped set up a fund at InterBank that will go toward Larry’s expenses.

“I’ve known Larry for a while. We go to church together and we’re great friends,” Weldon said.

Those who wish to donate can visit InterBank at 50 N. Harbin Dr. and make a deposit to the Larry Hammett Benefit Fund.

“We’ve been so blessed by our friends, relatives and everybody – people we don’t even know – with their prayers and thoughts every day,” Pat said. “That’s the big part of getting better, knowing that there’s somebody praying for you and that just shows what our community is. Everybody is pulling for you and that’s what we need.”


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By Autumn Owens

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