BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN 6) — A Battle Ground teenager who lost his leg and was left for dead after being hit by a car last June got quite a surprise on Sunday: an invitation to the Indy 500.
Justin Carey was prepared to go on a bungee jump at Kiwanis Park as part of Oregon Active’s Adventure Therapy, which helps people with disabilities, on Sunday, but the weather forced the event to be rescheduled.
Despite the event’s rescheduling, Carey, who has a huge passion for racing, was in good spirits after learning he will be attending the Indy 500 in May. While there, he will have access to the whole speedway and get the opportunity to drive a race car.
Carey was standing at his bus stop off NE 82nd Avenue last June when authorities say 46-year-old Shaun Johnson slammed into him at about 45 mph.
A tow truck driver found Carey lying in a ditch 90 minutes after the 17-year-old was hit, authorities said.
According to court documents, Johnson dropped a lit cigarette on the floor of the car and took her eyes off the road to pick it up. She was charged with vehicular assault and possession of meth.