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'So Sad': Man Loses Legs After Being Hit by Accused Drunk Driver

Authorities say the 36-year-old victim's legs had to be amputated after he was pinned between two cars by an alleged drunk driver

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    Friends Support Victim of Alleged OUI Crash

    Friends say Andy Rodriguez is heavily sedated in the hospital after both of his legs were severed when an alleged drunk driver swerved into him. They are now raising as much money as they can to help with the Worcester bartender's rehabilitation costs.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

    A 36-year-old man has lost his legs after being pinned between two cars overnight by a driver who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Pillco pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail during his arraignment in Worcester District Court on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury following the Vernon Street crash that happened just before midnight on Sunday.

    Pillco looked straight ahead as prosecutors outlined the police report that detailed the horrifying crash on Vernon Street that happened just before midnight on Sunday.

    Video exclusive to NBC10 Boston showed the moment investigators said Pillco veered off of Vernon Street and smashed into Ramon "Andy" Rodriguez, severing both of his legs.

    Man Loses Legs in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash

    [NECN] Man Loses Legs in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash

    NBC10 Boston exclusively obtained dramatic surveillance footage showing the moments before a gruesome crash in which a pedestrian lost both his legs.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

    Rodriguez was grabbing some things from the trunk and never saw the driver coming.

    Police found Rodriguez trapped in the wreckage and pinned between vehicles. 

    Officers said Pillco reeked of booze and told them he had a few beers during the day and was driving around looking for his girlfriend after she stormed out of their house during a fight. An officer noted in his report that the smell of alcohol was "so strong that he actually had to roll down the window," a prosecutor said in court.

    According to court documents, police describe Pillco's eyes Sunday as "glassy and bloodshot red" and say he was "slurring his speech."

    Prosecutors said in court that he did submit to a breathalyzer test, with the result being 0.17.

    A resident who lives near the crash said he ran outside to help when he heard it happened.

    Man Loses Legs After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver

    [NECN] Man Loses Legs After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver

    A 36-year-old man has lost his legs early Monday morning after getting pinned between two cars by a driver who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

    "So sad, so sad ... this kind of thing should not happen," he told NBC10 Boston. "You never know when it can be your own family."

    Friends say Rodriguez is heavily sedated in the hospital to keep his body calm. As he faces a long road to recovery, they are trying to figure out what they can do to help.

    “We assume there’s going to be a strong need for some money for his rehabilitation especially, so we are just going to raise as much money as we can,” said Peter Bacchiocchi.

    Rodriguez is a bartender at MB Lounge in Worcester. 

    “It’s kind of ironic because he was always the one to not overserve people," said lounge owner Marco Guinette. "This whole accident thing is a shock to everybody."

    Rodriguez's friends say his personality can lift anyone's spirits, and now is their time to return the favor.

    Victim Pinned in Worcester Pedestrian Crash

    [NECN] Victim Pinned in Worcester Pedestrian Crash

    A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after they were pinned between two cars in a crash in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

    "To have this happen to him by a drunk driver, it's sickening. It really is."

    A judge ordered Pillco to turn over his passport and to avoid alcohol and driving. He's due back in court March 20.

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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