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Arlington hit-and-run victim's recovery may take a year

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The Arlington man injured by a hit-and-run driver learned recently that his recovery could take up to a year.

While the suspect in his case bonded out of jail and awaits trial, 73-year-old victim Terry Pinkston is trying to adjust to his new normal.

Pinkston was blindsided and left for dead in February on a North Arlington street.

Since then, there have been many challenges for Pinkston: his life was endangered by an infection and then a blood clot, he had to quit his job and he put his dream retirement on hold.

"What's been the biggest frustration for you?" asked FOX 4's Lari Barager.

"Having to depend on everybody," said an emotional Pinkston. "It's never been my style. Sorry."

Pinkston used to run marathons. These days, just walking is a chore.

Days after Pinkston was hit, acting upon tips from the public, police pulled suspect Omar Mohammed from a plane bound for Jordan.

Pinkston was released from the hospital in late February and then spent 16 days in a rehab facility.

Upon learning how long his recovery may take, he said, "It's slower than I wanted. I got the news from the doctor, at least six months to a year to really watch what I'm doing."

Because of his injuries, Pinkston had to quit his job months earlier than he planned.

He and his wife had been looking forward to spending the latter part of their lives in a resort community.

"Sell this place and move to Sun City – Georgetown," said Pinkston. "That's on hold indefinitely now."

While Mohammed posted bond last week, because he's a flight risk, he must wear an ankle monitor.

Mohammed's attorney, Jim Shaw, told FOX 4 that he expects his client to plead guilty to the four felony charges against him, and that the 25- year-old is sorry for what happened.

"Nobody reached out from that family," said Pinkston's daughter, Shannon. "Nobody sent us a card. We heard nothing."

The charges Mohammed faces carry the maximum of 20 years in prison.

He's also eligible for probation.

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