Teen critically injured by drag racers returns home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teen critically injured by drag racers returns home

(WMC-TV) - Darreontae Martin, 17, took months to recover and relearn to walk after he was severely injured by street racers.  Thursday, Martin was finally able to go home.

"Before, when y'all first saw me, I couldn't even move," said Martin.  "All I could feel was my face and my arms and part of my stomach."

Martin spent a month in the hospital, followed by two months as an in-patient at physical therapy.

"He's inspirational," said his mother, Wrechal Currie.  "He's had his hard days, but he still pulls through every day."

On May 26, Martin was crossing the street on Knight Road when he was hit by two cars that were drag racing.  The first hit him and the second ran over him.  The case is not closed, as both drivers are still on the loose.

"I don't got no disregards against them," said Martin.  "I'm just hoping they get caught because they deserve whatever they get, and that's about it for me talking about that."

Currie said she is not focused on what she does not have, but what she does have.

"We've gotten to the point where we don't even care anymore," said Currie.  "If they're ever found, if they're not ever found, it's not even an issue.  We're just focused on his well-being, his health and the fact that he's going to graduate."

Martin will go to therapy three days a week.  He will be home schooled the rest of this semester and return to Sheffield High School in January.

If you know anything about the two drag racers who hit Martin, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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