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ONLY ON 3: Man hit and dragged by accused drunk driver shares his story

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UPDATE: Levi Youster, 22, says he still has no memory of the moments leading up to the crash that almost killed him. But the police report says Levi was struck by a car near the intersection of Cherry and 4th Street, and dragged about four blocks before the car finally came to a stop.

"When the car ran me over then I had to hold onto the side of the doors," Youster said.
That's all Levi remembers from the night that changed his life. he spent the next three months in hospitals  and a rehab facility.
His entire backside and shoulders were raw from the pavement.

Five months later and he's only about two-thirds of the way healed.

"They told me I have three years left still of literally having to keep a shirt on, I can't go out in the sunlight," Youster said, "I can't do anything like that."

What Levi does remember clearly -- is time spent in a hospital bed. His mother created a Go Fund Me account documenting his injuries in detail, and the medical bills that Levi is now facing.

For months one person became Levi's motivation to make a full recovery.

"I was thinking about my daughter, and you can't just let your daughter grow up without a father," he said. 
Hi daughter was only nine months old at the time of his accident, and Levi didn't want to miss any more of her milestones.

"Her first steps. I didn't get to see her first steps and I was pretty upset about that," Youster said, "Because I had been waiting for like three months straight."

For Levi, one of the the worst days of his life led to what he hopes are the best days ahead.

"My pants were tore up, my shoes were gone, my shirt, my hat, everything was gone. The only thing that wasn't gone was my rosary beads."

The same rosary beads he now keeps in his car at all times.

Levi says he's not angry with the man who hit him. He's keeping his focus on his own recovery and his future.

"All I can say is I'm grateful for everything that happened, I really am," Youster said, "Getting hit by a car is not something  you should be grateful about but it's an eye-opener."

Levi says he's now involved with M.A.D.D. (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) and is working with the group to become a motivational speaker and to share his story with the community.

For more information, check out his Go Fund Me page.

The man behind the wheel, accused of driving under the influence, made his first appearance in Hamilton County Court Friday. The arraignment for Peter Macrellis, 21, was passed and rescheduled for Oct. 3rd.


UPDATE: The driver of the car that struck and dragged a pedestrian for 4 blocks in April has been indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury.

Peter Macrellis, 21, was indicted for the following charges:

  • DUI
  • Vehicular assault
  • Aggravated reckless driving
  • Driving on suspended license
  • Financial responsibility
  • Driving wrong way on one way street 

Macrellis was formally indicted and arrested Thursday, and was released on a $15,000 bond.

PREVIOUS STORY: Erlanger confirms Levi S. Youster, 22, remains in serious condition after spending the weekend in the hospital.

His condition has been upgraded after first being listed in critical last week.

Youster was struck and dragged four blocks by a car Friday morning on Cherry Street.

Chattanooga police say Youster sustained serious injuries after the incident, which took place about 1:40am Friday in the 400 block of Cherry Street.

The victim, who police say is expected to survive, was transported to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment.  He was first listed in critical condition.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.

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