"I talked to his mother last week, and she said he is in good spirits and they are about to see about getting a prosthetic leg," said
Any time someone is injured or killed in a wreck, a sample of the driver's blood is taken. Tests often take six weeks to two months to process.
"You have to wait until you get all the reports back and file all the charges at once," Johnson said. "If you charged them with misdemeanors, they could go ahead and plead to those. Then if the blood work showed there should be felony charges, you wouldn't be able to charge them again for the same wreck."
The 24-year-old female driver was eastbound and looking into the morning sun at the time of the
"There is no indication that anything was intentional," Johnson said. "There were no skid marks and no evidence of braking. The reconstruction showed that the minimal speed was under the speed limit for the road.
"But even at 40 mph, you hit a stopped garbage truck, it is going to cause a lot of damage."
Officials are still trying to determine who will pay for Edwards' medical bills.
Johnson said he has met with the county attorney and insurance carrier about filing a workers compensation claim.
"It's going to be an astronomical bill, and somebody has to pay it," Johnson said. "The driver of the car is responsible ultimately for his injuries. Her insurance company may have to pay part of it, depending on her coverage.
"If there are criminal charges (and she is found guilty), the court could order restitution to pay for the medical bills."
Edwards was at the jail serving time on contempt of court and driving with a suspended license charges with the city of
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