|Published:||Feb 12, 2013 9:04 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 13, 2013 12:09 AM EST|
NAPLES, Fla - The Naples community is coming together to help a Lely High School grad hit head on by an accused drunk driver.
It was a Saturday morning in September of 2012. Alan Martinez, 31, was driving to work on Interstate 77 near Columbia, South Carolina when authorities say he was hit by an impaired driver going the wrong way.
"Drunk driving is an epidemic in our society," says Alan's brother Michael. "Things need to be done to prevent it."
Alan graduated from the Air Force and is a second year law student at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His brother, Michael, says Alan loves everything outdoors including hiking, skiing and sky diving. Alan worked as a sky dive instructor and has completed more than 1,600 dives.
"He's made a lot of progress," says Michael Martinez, a Barron Collier Grad. "It's slow, but he's come a long way in the last five months."
Alan was in a coma for the first three months following the accident, but was not paralyzed. He has since moved to the Shepard Center in Atlanta where they specialize in traumatic brain injuries.
"He is in rehabilitation right now," says Mark Couch. "His insurance will pay only certain thing and his hospital bills are in excess of $3 million."
Couch, the manager of Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Naples is hoping to bring the Martinez family some much needed help.
"To actually be able to do something where you know 100 percent of your money goes to the person, we instantly wanted to do something for Alan," says Couch.
Friday, a fundraiser will be held at Peace, Love and Little Donuts from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every penny raised during the fundraiser will go to help with Alan's medical bills and home care.
The family's hope is to have Alan back home in Naples by the end of the month.