'I'm happy I'm alive.' Glen Cove crossing guard discharged from hospital after being hit by car
A Glen Cove crossing guard who was hit by a car while on the job is now home.
Carlos Vazquez, 58, was discharged from Glen Cove Hospital on Tuesday.
As News 12 has reported, Vazquez was on duty on Dosoris Lane when he was struck by an SUV on Oct. 6.
Vazquez suffered head injuries and was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.
Doctors say he suffered a traumatic brain injury, went into cardiac arrest twice, was intubated and in critical condition for three weeks.
"I'm happy I'm alive," Vasquez said.
His wife Liz and daughter Bryana were by his side the entire time as he recovered from a brain injury.
Vasquez says he doesn't remember anything about the accident.
His wife called him "a man of steel" because he also survived getting hit by a 40-ton Mack truck in 1985, resulting in him needing a prosthetic leg.
"If that 40-ton truck couldn't put him down - this wasn't going to put him down," said Liz Martino Vazquez. "So, he's coming home with us in one piece, and we're very grateful."
Upon his release, a large group of students also showed up to let him know how much he has been missed as their crossing guard.
The students from Deasy Elementary School also sent hundreds of get-well cards to Carlos.
"I hope he understands that everybody in his family loves him," said 9-year-old Jack Smith. "All the kids are happy to have him back."
Carlos has a long road to recovery but says he hopes to one day get back to his job and riding his motorcycle again.
The 82-year-old driver who hit Carlos stayed at the scene and was not charged.