WIKWEMIKONG—David Andrew (Andy) Oshkabewisens, the victim of a serious hit and run incident in his home community of Wikwemikong in November that left him in the intensive care unit at Health Sciences North with serious, life threatening injuries, will be coming home for Christmas, The Expositor learned last Friday.
“He is doing really well,” shared Mr. Oshkabewisens’ brother Jason. “He is coming home for a trial run this weekend and if everything goes well he will be allowed to come home for a few days at Christmas and permanently next month. Our family is really happy.”
Jason Oshkabewisens said that all of his family members were planning their own Christmas celebrations, but after learning that Andy would be home for Christmas they have changed their plans.
“All my brothers and sisters and our families, and probably our aunts and uncles too, are all going to go to my mom’s place for Christmas to be together with Andy,” said Jason Oshkabewisens. “We are so pleased with how he is doing.”
“I’m excited to go home and see my son for Christmas,” Andy Oshkabewisens told The Expositor during a phone interview on Friday. “My physio has been going well. I’m at it every day and I’m up and walking. I miss the Island and am looking forward to spending time with my family and good Christmas eats.”
“I’ve been here for two months now,” added Mr. Oshkabewisens. “They tell me one more month and I’ll be able to go home for good.”
As The Expositor previously reported, Mr. Oshkabewisens took a turn for the better earlier this month, awaking from his coma and beginning to speak again. He was also moved from the ICU to the sixth floor of Health Sciences North and started rehabilitation.
The Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North East Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Acting Detective Inspector Dave Robinson, arrested Noel Darin Peltier on Sunday, November 9 in relation to the ongoing investigation of a motor vehicle collision that left the young man with serious injuries.
Mr. Oshkabewisens was hit by a truck on Sunday, November 2 at 2:40 am while walking on Wikwemikong Way on the Wikwemikong First Nation. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, leaving Mr. Oshkabewisens on the side of the road with serious, life threatening injuries. He was transferred to the Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current where he was airlifted to Sudbury where he remained in a coma until earlier this month.
Noel Darin Peltier of Wikwemikong has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and failing to remain at the scene.