An UNF indoor track athlete was hit by a truck carrying a trailer on Friday, according to source close to the team.
Manny Velasquez, a junior, finished his one mile race with a time of 4:23.25 and during his cool down period was struck by a truck and dragged into a nearby parking lot.
Teammates found Velasquez, during their warm up for their 5K race.
Velasquez is currently in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
He suffered a fractured pelvis and collarbone and will need skin grafts on his legs, along with reconstructive knee surgery.
Outpour of support can be seen on Velasquez’s Facebook. A post from Velasquez’s Instagram expressed thanks for all those who checked on him during his time in surgery and the ICU, and said it would “take more than a truck and a trailer to take me down!”
Family, friends, and people I don't even know, I can't thank everyone enough for the prayers, texts, posts, snaps , love, and support you are all giving me. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of people who have reached out to me during my surgeries and time in ICU. Anyone that knows me sure as hell knows that it's gonna take a lot more than a truck and a trailer to take me down! My body is broken, but my heart has never felt so full because of y'all. Thanks again everyone
Spinnaker reached out to UNF Athletics and they declined to comment further.
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