A Mount Shasta man who was the victim of a hit and run accident Feb. 23 is slowly recovering in an ICU at Mercy Medical Center Redding.
Gabe Cashman, 24, underwent surgery Thursday to stabilize his third lumbar vertebra, according to information his parents, John and Patty Cashman, posted on a CaringBridge website designed to keep family and friends updated on his recovery.
“We want to encourage the person responsible for this to come forward,” John said Tuesday morning.
This would allow the family to put this chapter of their lives behind them, Patty. “We are in the prepartory phase of gathering money for offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible.”
Gabe is still struggling with intense pain from the many injuries he suffered when a vehicle hit and dragged him 25 feet on McCloud Avenue. He suffered a broken femur, two broken vertebra, a punctured lung, 18 broken ribs, and lacerations to the head and body.
Though the Mount Shasta Police Department is hopeful they will find the responsible party, there is no description of the vehicle or the suspect at this time, said chief Parish Cross.
On Sunday, Gabe took a few steps with the aid of a walker, a turtle brace and support from a physical therapist, said Patty. While at first Gabe was intubated and could communicate only by writing, the tube has since been removed and he is able to talk.
Monday evening, Gabe was able to sit up in a chair, wearing a brace, though he is fighting an infection at the surgery site on his femur with aggressive antibiotics and a wound vac, Patty said.
“The powerful energy of youth, Gabe's vital good health and his amazingly fierce spirit is serving him well,” said Patty.
“We are so appreciative of the incredible community wide support Gabe and our family are receiving,” Patty added. “We want to especially thank the unflagging dedication of the Mount Shasta Police Department in pursuing the person responsible for this terrible incident. In particular, we would like to thank Officer Brian Rushton and Chief Parish Cross for their incredible dedication towards bringing to resolution this tragedy.”
Gabe is a 2006 graduate of Mount Shasta High School. He graduated cum laude from Humboldt State University with a double major in soil science and botany. Gabe is an avid climber and fly fisherman.
Cross said authorities are working with the Department of Justice on the case, and they’re looking for the driver of a light-colored Ford Taurus that might have been in the area of the 500 block of McCloud Avenue around the time Gabe was hit at approximately 12:30 a.m.
The driver of the Taurus may have information that could help law enforcement locate a suspect, Cross said.
“We are following up on leads, and if anyone has any information about this case, they should call the police department at (530) 926-7540,” Cross said.