Rochester, N.Y. – The victim of a hit and run crash is home from the hospital, just in time for the holidays.
Sherry Argro was out celebrating her 39th birthday last month when she was struck on Thurston Ave. while getting out of her car.
“I just reached down in my truck and was getting a cell phone, and that was it, that's all I remember,” Argro said. She woke up in the hospital. “Every year on my birthday, it’s going to be something to remember.”
Police arrested Kashia Houston and charged her with several felonies, including driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
In court papers, police say Houston’s blood alcohol content was .24 percent – three times the legal limit. In her alleged police statement, Houston admits to texting right before the crash.
Houston is being held without bail on a probation violation stemming from a 2008 criminal mischief conviction.
Argro calls the accident “senseless,” but can’t bear to think about Houston and told prosecutors to handle the case as they see fit.
“I can’t think about her. I have to think about my recovery and that’s my main thing right now,” Argro said.
Argro faces an arduous recovery. Her pelvis and leg were broken and will require more surgery. Her spleen was removed and her diaphragm ruptured. She won’t be able to walk for another 8 to 12 weeks. She had to move in with family members who can take of her. She’s in a lot of pain.
“They’re saying that I have a year recovery,” said Argro. “So it’s like my life has been turned upside down for the next year or so.”
It’s a traumatic turn of events for this independent mother of two who worked two jobs in food service at Highland Hospital and Action for a Better Community.
“I’m angry but I’m also blessed all in one,” Argro said. “Because I’m alive.”
The family has set up a fund to help with Argro’s medical and personal expenses. Donations to “Kathy Huntley for the benefit of Sherry Argro” can be given to any Bank of America or mailed to Darlene Cunningham, Banking Center Manager, Bank of America, 1685 Howard Rd., Rochester, N.Y. 14624.