CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- WINK News has learned the Tampa Bay Rays player, Matthew Bush, who is accused of DUI and a hit and run that left a Charlotte County man in the hospital with serious injuries, hit a pole earlier that same day in Venice and deputies say both times he took off. Now, Anthony Tufano's family is suing to help pay his medical bills.
The report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says that Tampa Bay Rays player Matthew Bush was under the influence of alcohol and hit a pole at about 3:15 p.m. In Venice, less than two hours before he's accused of hitting Anthony Tufano on his motorcycle and leaving.
"He is in critical but stable condition but he's a lot more alert the last couple of days," said Shannon Moore, Tufano's daughter-in-law.
Moore says her father-in-law, Anthony Tufano, is beginning to have a sense of humor again after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him in March.
"He smiles, you know, when you say something funny so that's good to see that he's kind of keeping his spirits up," said Moore.
Moore says Tufano is still in pain after being thrown from his motorcycle March 22. Tampa Bay Rays player Matthew Bush, is accused of hitting Tufano, running over hit head and then leaving the scene. Troopers say his blood alcohol level was .180, more than double the legal limit in Florida.
"He's going to need a lot of care. Its pretty obvious that he's going to have rehab and extensive care needed," said Moore.
The car Bush was allegedly driving is believe to be that of Rays teammate, Brandon Guyer. The Tufano family has filed a civil lawsuit seeking $5 million from each player to help with growing medical costs.
"He's been in ICU for a week and a half. He was flown to the hospital. I can't even imagine what the medical bills will be," said Moore.
The Tampa Bay Rays did not want to comment on the lawsuit but have said they're saddened by the news and have placed Bush on the team's restricted list. Tufano's family says they're not taking things lightly and know the road ahead will be a long one.
"I really think he needs to sit in jail for a long period of time. I mean, my father-in-law is going to deal with this for the rest of his life," said Moore.
Bush is behind bars at the Charlotte County Jail being held on a $1 million bond.