SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio tow truck driver Michael Parten, 53, was hit by a drunken driver almost three years ago and has a message for anyone thinking about getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Parten was hit while on a tow call around 2:30 a.m. on June 22, 2013, on Perrin Beitel Road and Loop 410. It took about 10 months for Parten to recover, but he's back on the job.
"It gets to be pretty frightening when you're on the highway trying to make it a safer place and there's people doing about 50 no more than 3 or 4 feet away from you," Parten said.
Parten was with an officer at a DWI arrest scene. He said a second drunken driver, identified as 22-year-old Amanda Ozuna, slammed into the patrol car from behind, pinning Parten between the car and a wall.
"Dislocated my foot, broken femur, my arm, you can still see where the scars are, cracking my number three vertebrae," Parten said.
Parten believes he was saved by the man upstairs.
"I know that there's more things for me to do," Parten said.
Parten refuses to hold a grudge but said drivers need to be held accountable and think twice before drinking and driving.
"I doubt she was sitting at bar making evil plans or anything. People make mistakes, but there needs to be a lot more responsibility," Parten said.
Ozuna was sentenced to two years in prison, but was released in April of last year.