FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The owner of the Reata restaurant in downtown Fort Worth was hospitalized Monday after he was struck by a vehicle just blocks from his restaurant.
“He got hit and I saw him fly up in the air,” said witness Kelly Hilton who was walking back to her office in downtown when she saw Mike Micallef get hit. “It was horrible and it happened like that.”
Fort Worth police said a wrong-way driver might be responsible for Micallef’s injuries that landed him in the Intensive Care Unit.
“I saw a car coming this way on Throckmorton, and another car who had the green light was coming on Sixth, and they collided,” said Hilton.
Investigators said the wrong-way driver struck an SUV, which caused the vehicle to jump the curb, slamming into several pedestrians, including Micallef.
Micallef updated loved ones on how he’s doing via Facebook and shared photos from the hospital. He said he has a crushed vertabre, a fractured skull, and a cracked humerus after landing on his head and back.
The restaurateur is known for supporting local law enforcement and has treated many to lunch on the house.
More than 12,000 people responded to Micallef’s original Facebook post. Tuesday he thanked everyone for the support and said “if a man’s assets are measured by the kindness of his friends, then I am truly wealthy beyond measure.”
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