Nearly one week after the accident, no arrests have been made.
NATICK – More surgeries are expected this week for Kimberly Gunner, the Natick woman who authorities said was the victim of hit-and-run accident last week when a truck jumped a curb and slammed into Gunner and her husband, Andrew Colbert, as they walked along Washington Avenue.
“She had multiple surgeries on her legs and arms that are shattered,” Gunner’s cousin Tony Catlin told the Daily News on Monday. “Doctors say she’s not out of the woods, and she’s fighting for her life.” Colbert is home and recovering from his injuries, Catlin said.
Police have not made an arrest in last Tuesday’s accident but are working hard on the case, Police Chief James Hicks said in an email Monday morning to the Daily News.
“We are still conducting the investigation interviewing witnesses etc. No timeline on arrest/charges but working diligently,” the email said.
Catlin said he’s a “little surprised” there have been no arrests. The family, he said, is focused on Gunner’s recovery and is willing to let legal matters play out.
“I’m sure arrests will happen at some point, soon,” Catlin said.
Authorities believe they located the truck involved in the accident, according to a statement issued last week from the office of District Attorney Marian Ryan.
Extremely sad to angry is the range of emotion Catlin said he’s experiencing. His anger is directed at those in the truck who sped away after the accident.
Referring to those in the truck as “kids,” Catlin said he hopes they pay for what they did.
“We’re sure justice will prevail,” Catlin said.
Gunner, 51, and Colbert, 39, suffered multiple injuries after the truck slammed through a wooden fence, according to accident reports. Gunner was impaled in the chest by a piece of wood from the fence, and suffered broken legs after the truck backed away from the scene and sped away.
A GoFundMe page set up by Gunner’s relatives to raise $200,000 to help with medical bills is more than halfway toward reaching the goal, as of Monday afternoon.
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“It’s amazing to see the outpouring of support from the community,” Catlin said.
The entire Natick community is heartbroken from the accident, said local artist Denise Girardin.
“It’s been horrific for everybody. Everybody is just wondering how this could happen,” Girardin said.
Gunner and Colbert were married a little over a year ago under the “Tunnel of Love,” a public art project directed by Garardin that involved nearly 1,000 flowers crotched by hand and hung over the pedestrian bridge near Natick’s commuter rail station downtown.
Now, Garardin and others are making a Tunnel of Love-influenced blanket to give to Gunner.
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Handmade mini hearts will be another gift. They were made during another public art project that hung over the same bridge this summer as part of the “Love 01760” project to highlight the spirit of togetherness during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s the community’s way of giving encouragement and support,” Girardin said of the gifts. “It’s a little something from our heart.”
Gunner works at Bill’s Pizzeria in Natick, where manager George Scaltsas hired her six years ago to work as a cashier and hostess.
“We got to be pretty close,” Scaltsas said. “The staff has done a lot of talking about the accident. It’s very hard, painful and strange.”
Henry Schwan is a multimedia journalist for the Daily News. Follow Henry on Twitter @henrymetrowest. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-626-3964.
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