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Clifton Park hit-and-run victim released from hospital

Clifton Park hit-and-run victim released from hospital

Father: Michael Novenche's recovery accelerated after he was released from the hospital
Clifton Park hit-and-run victim released from hospital
A piece of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash is seen in this photo provided by troopers.
Photographer: New York State Police (inset), Shutterstock (background)

CLIFTON PARK -- Michael Novenche, 21, is recovering at home after an October hit-and-run crash put him in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center.

Police have charged Thomas R. Wright, 45, of Waterford, in connection with the crash, which happened as Novenche was walking alone to his Southbury Road home from a friend's house on Oct. 27.

Novenche was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Crescent and Lapp roads when he was struck, according to police.

Wright was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident, a felony, and Novenche was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, including a collapsed lung, internal bleeding, bruised ribs and a fractured skull.

Wright is due back in Clifton Park Town Court on Nov. 28.

Joe Granich, an Albany attorney who is handing Wright's case, did not return a request for comment on Tuesday.

Relatives of Novenche have said the accident was an especially traumatic blow because he has, his entire life, been in and out of hospitals due to a brain tumor that doctors found when he was just 2.

But Novenche, described as an avid hunter and outdoorsman by relatives, is now making progress toward recovery at home.

Reached on Tuesday, his father, John Novenche, said his son's condition is improving slowly, but that he still requires round-the-clock care. 

Michael Novenche was not sleeping well in the hospital, his father said. Since he returned home, he and his parents have been able to catch up on sleep, which has bolstered all of their spirits.

“He is much, much better. Significantly better,” John Novenche said.

Though he still cannot stand or walk on his own, he has been able to walk up and down the home’s driveway with help, his father said. The family is gearing up for a few important medical visits over the next few weeks, including an appointment on Nov. 27 at the hospital to get a neck brace to help his skull fracture heal, his father said.

He will also have appointments focused on healing internal injuries, and physical and occupational therapy are expected to begin in the near future, his father said.

Getting out of the hospital was particularly important for Michael because of his years of experience in and out of hospitals for surgeries and chemotherapy related to his tumor, his father said.

It’s easier for Michael to relax at home, and neighbors have been stepping up by delivering meals and other supplies to the house almost daily, John Novenche said.

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