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Community fundraising for homeless man now wheelchair bound after hit-and-run

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 20:48:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A homeless man is now wheelchair bound for a few months after being in a hit-and-run crash. The community is rallying around him hoping to make his road to recovery a little easier.

Chad Howard tells us for years he has been selling "The Contributor" newspapers on the Briley Parkway and Murfreesboro Pike offramp.

On New Years day, as Howard was crossing the street from visiting the convenience store, a car hit him and landed in the hospital for nearly two weeks.

"It broke both my legs and they said it will be about six months before they can teach me to walk again so I'll be in this wheelchair," said Howard, "Also I had a fractured my back as well but it could be a lot worse."

Howard will not be able to walk for at least six months.

A gofundme page was started by Merideth West. She says she wants to raise money for Chad to stay at the Regency Inn as he heals. The Regency Inn charges about $250 a week. The goal is to raise enough money for him to have a safe, dry place to sleep during his 6-month recovery.