As an avid outdoorsman, 40-year-old Luke Zimmer makes use of his YouTube channel to assist others study wilderness survival abilities. He ends every video with the identical message, “’Til subsequent time — be secure, have enjoyable, and as at all times, we’re stronger collectively.”
A series of kindness ended up saving Zimmer’s life final week.
At about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, he noticed a lady caught within the snow on 35W South close to Johnson St. NE. Zimmer tried to tow her out, in response to his household.
“That’s simply the best way he’s at all times been, my brother would assist anybody,” stated Tyler Zimmer, his youthful brother. “He says he remembers simply being beneath the automotive for a second or two in search of the place to hook up, he stated then the entire bumper the place was trying had disappeared after which he was far-off from each autos.”
Minnesota State Patrol confirmed they’re in search of a gold or tan Toyota Sienna minivan that hit Zimmer after which drove off. The hit-and-run is beneath investigation.
The crash launched Zimmer right into a snowbank and left him with a shattered vertebrae and injured spinal cord, in response to his household.
An off-duty paramedic noticed it occur and stopped to assist Zimmer.
“There’s different good individuals on this planet,” stated Tyler Zimmer. “He was off responsibility, he didn’t must cease. I additionally introduced this [hat]. I don’t know if it was the identical particular person or a distinct particular person, they put this on his head and gave up their hat for my brother so he might keep heat within the snow.”
On a GoFundMe web page arrange for Zimmer, one particular person wrote, “There have been a number of of us who stopped to assist and hold him heat and comfy as he lay within the snow. We coated him with a sleeping bag somebody had of their automotive, put a hat on him, and tried to place little hand heaters round him. I hope he didn’t maintain any frost chunk. He instructed me his identify and that he labored on chimneys. I attempted to lighten his temper and inform him that my two chimneys in all probability wanted work. We put his belongings we present in his truck. One of many individuals who stopped was an EMT and took management of the scenario […]”
Zimmer was ultimately transported to HCMC, which is a stage one trauma middle, the place he underwent an eight hour surgical procedure to restore the injury.
“We’re so grateful from the underside of our hearts they actually saved my brother alive,” stated Tyler Zimmer. “Small acts like which have gone a great distance and so they actually touched lots of people in addition to simply saved a life.”
Zimmer has a 7-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. The injury saved him from them over Christmas.
His spouse Michelle shared an replace on Fb on Wednesday, which stated partially, “He at present says that his toes are numb and tingly however moreover a pair damaged ribs, a laceration, and his spinal injury, he’s doing good and has full higher energy and is in good spirits! […] Restoration goes to be an extended highway however he’s a fighter, and also you guys have been wonderful at cheering us on. So we’re hopeful!”
She wrote that they’re working to get him used to a wheel chair so he can go away the restoration ground and see his youngsters.
Zimmer must put on a brace that extends from his arms to his hips for six months, which is able to stop him from working. He does brick, chimney and hearth restore, which requires carrying heavy masses.
Kyle Zimmer stated, whereas it will likely be an extended restoration, “It’s a Christmas miracle that he survived in any respect.”
In case you have details about this hit and run, name State Patrol at (651) 582-1511.