MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG/BIKER DAD)–5 months in the hospital, in the middle of a pandemic, largely isolated from his family and friends. That is the sentence David Bouvier has paid so far, and has much more pain and recovery ahead. But he still awaits to hear the consequences for the alleged DUI driver who sent him to the hospital back on September 4. Bouvier was riding his motorcycle near the Mobile airport when he was rear-ended. His bike and the car that hit him burst into flames.
“Next thing I know, when I go to, I was laying on the ground I could see a fire up ahead, my motorcycle was on fire embedded in his car,” said Bouvier.
Kody Wilcox is out on bond and due back in court in April. While he has been free, Bouvier has been confined to a hospital bed, until this week.
He went through multiple surgeries, skin grafts, and had his leg amputated. “My wife told me they were getting the house ready for me, this that and the other and I didn’t understand what was going on until she looked me in the face and told me my leg was gone, and I didn’t know it,” said Bouvier.
His wife, Shelia, is happy to have him home nearly six months after the crash. She explained, “I’m just so so grateful the first month, we didn’t think he was coming home I am so grateful that he’s home.”
His friends and family sent the Biker Dad Blog video of his emotional homecoming Thursday. He was greeted with cheers and balloons as he rolled towards his home in a wheelchair. “He’s ready to go home” said one of the people there to cheer him on.
The company Bouvier works for installed a ramp at the front of their home, and others helped make sure it was handicap accessible before he came home Thursday. “I’ll just focus on what I was welcomed home to yesterday, and that really touched me, you can’t imagine what that done for me. Just to know that there are people that love me and care for me,” said Bouvier.
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“He’s come so close to dying, but thank God he’s still alive. He’s a very good man, he is a good husband and a good daddy and a good provider our whole lives and now he needs us.” his wife Shelia said told us back in December.
This joyous occasion isn’t the end of the road. Bouvier has a long road to recovery and a long legal battle ahead too.
Bouvier says he’s trying to remain positive throughout his recovery process. “It’s still kind of hard to believe that it even happened because I’ve always been independent and now I have to use other means to be independent, but my goal is to get back to my life as I once knew it as close as I possibly can,” he said.
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Chris Best is the News Director for WKRG. He’s a husband and father of four. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.