1 Year Later, Hit-and-Run Victim Saved by Blood Donations Determined to Give Back

March 08, 2017 09:42 PM

On March 8, 2016, 45-year-old Bryan Joas was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike in rural Dakota County.

He said he doesn't remember anything about the collision. Nor does he remember anything about the three weeks following the accident.

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His condition was so bad, he spent 90 days at North Memorial Medical Center.

Fast-forward one year, and Joas is doing much better.

"It's been amazing. Brian is doing fantastic," said his wife, Shauna. "He's back to work, riding his bike again. You'd never know that he was so severely injured that he shouldn't be here today. He's doing fantastic"

Joas' health isn't perfect. He still has stomach and back issues.

RELATED: Search Continues for Suspect in Dakota Co. Hit-and-Run that Severely Injured Bicyclist

But when Joas was recovering, he received a lot of donated blood. He is now determined to give back.

On Wednesday, friends and family attended a blood drive at MHC Software in Burnsville, where Joas is an employee.

The hit-and-run driver in Joas' accident was never caught. Despite that, Joas said he does not hold a grudge, and is more focused on promoting blood donation.


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