NEW ORLEANS – NEW ORLEANS – The community gathers behind two Lusher soccer coaches who were hit by a car at the carnival. Pierre Warren and Adam Sivia were waiting for a friend in a supermarket when everything was moving quickly. Sivia’s family spoke to WWL-TV to shed some light on what was happening. They say that difficult situation made it even more difficult to be so far away in Illinois.
Adam Sivia loves teaching. He is a football coach at Lusher and a kindergarten teacher at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
“The energy of the city and my brother is one of the same,” said his brother David.
However, at the carnival, that funny and caring spirit was almost taken away.
“After talking to Adam we were told that he remembered seeing the car coming towards him,” said his cousin Anna Rigwood.
“The fact that my brother was essentially left there to die really hurts,” David said.
Sivia and his friend and Lusher trainer, Pierre Warren, had run to a gas station on Tulane Avenue with some friends. The two were waiting outside when their friends entered the supermarket. Police in New Orleans say 48-year-old Jason McCoy tried to park a car in front of the gas station but accelerated. Warren was beaten and Sivia was pushed against the gas station wall by his legs, which were both broken.
Warren told Eyewitness News on Twitter that he was thinking about what happened every day and that “… it all happened so quickly”.
Before they knew what had happened, McCoy drove off.
“I just wish I could take his pain away and feel what he is feeling because I couldn’t imagine going through that,” Rigwood said.
When his family in Illinois got the call, it all stopped.
“You start to shiver and you start to shiver, and when someone tells you a family member has suffered life-threatening injuries and doesn’t know if they’ll make it, you think about how precious your time is and how much you are are interested in him and how much you want to be there, “said David. “Even before the trauma surgeon called us to update us, we were trying to find plane tickets and get there as soon as possible.
To save Sivia’s life, doctors had to amputate both legs. He is recovering now and according to his family, he is exceptionally well. They say the outpouring of community support helped Sivia move forward.
“There are good days and bad days,” said David. “It’s going to be a long, hard road. He’s ready to attack and overcome him and I can’t wait for this day to come.”
“He knows he has and we support him 110%,” Rigwood said.
David and Rigwood told Eyewitness News that there are family members who went through this struggle as well. David and Adam’s father lost his leg in a car accident about 20 years ago. So you have an idea of what Adam’s journey forward looks like.
You know the journey ahead will have its challenges, but his family knows that anyone can take it. It’s Adam because what happened to him only made him stronger.
“He has this drive, this tenacity, this drive and dedication,” said David. “It’s a huge obstacle, but he already has the qualities needed to take on a challenge. We’re taking this day in and day out. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where we can get prosthetic legs and he can start kicking You again in everyone’s butt and again on the sidelines to coach kids and be back in the classroom, which affects the lives of the kids. “
New Orleans police say McCoy was arrested the next day and booked on multiple charges. These include two cases of negligent injury and one case of hit-and-run driving causing serious injury. It is unclear whether impairment was a factor since he was arrested the following day.
A GoFundMe was set up to help Sivia with medical expenses. People are also showing support online with #SIVSTRONG. Go here if you want to donate or leave a message for the family.
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