Wiky hit and run victim regains speech

David Oshkabewisens. Facebook photo.

WIKWEMIKONG—Thirty-one-year-old David Andrew (Andy) Oshkabewisens has taken a positive turn since being hit by a truck last month in Wikwemikong, leaving him in the intensive care unit (ICU) with serious, life threatening injuries.

“Andy is doing a lot better,” Mr. Oshkabewisens’ brother Jason told The Expositor on Monday. “I actually just got off the phone with him.”

Recently The Expositor reported that Mr. Oshkabewisens had awoke from his coma, but was unresponsive.

“He is responsive now and he’s been moved from the ICU to the sixth floor (of Health Sciences North in Sudbury),” continued Jason Oshkabewisens. “He started trying to talk last week and by Friday he had gotten his voice back. My family is so happy. He seems to be in good spirits and he remembers everyone.”

Jason Oshkabewisens said that his family will be travelling to Sudbury tomorrow (Tuesday, December 2) to learn more about what is next for Andy in terms of his recovery and rehabilitation therapy.

As The Expositor previously reported, 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 two weeks ago.

Noel Darin Peltier of Wikwemikong has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and failing to remain at the scene and appeared in court in Gore Bay last month where his bail hearing was remanded until December 8.