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BLOOMINGTON - A man critically injured in a hit-and- run crash in April has been transferred to another hospital, his mother said.

Norman Wilson was transferred from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, to Kindred Hospital in Northlake in the hopes of getting him off the ventilator so he can breathe on his own, Geraldine Wilson said.

Norman Wilson was found unconscious April 7 in a westbound lane of Empire Street near Mount Vernon Drive in Bloomington, said police, who were unable to determine what type of vehicle struck him while he walked home from a billiards hall.

Norman's mind is intact, and he enjoys getting cards and letters, his mother said. He remains paralyzed from the upper chest down.

When Geraldine Wilson asked her son how he felt about the person who left him injured on the side of the road, her son mouthed the words, "I don't have the time. I just want to get well."

"I said, 'OK, babe, that's what we're gonna do,'" said Geraldine, who is frustrated the driver fled without a trace. "I just want them caught. They're going about their lives."

Geraldine, who works at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, said she is grateful for co-workers who have helped her family after the accident. She has missed a great deal of work, so every little thing -like gift certificates for gas - help her to be at her son's side.

"I would so gladly trade places with my son. I have lived my life," she said.

Geraldine is working with the state to get medical coverage for her son, who told his mother before the accident he couldn't afford insurance.

Wilson was a teacher's aide at Kids Club East, 2708 E. Lincoln St., at the time of the hit-and-run.


How to help

- Those with information about the hit-and-run should contact Bloomington police at (309) 820-8888.

- Cards and letters can be sent to Kindred Hospital, 365 E. North Ave., Room 312, Northlake, IL 60164.

- Donations can be mailed to the Bloomington Postal Employees Credit Union, Box 82, Bloomington, IL 61702, with "Norman Wilson" in the memo line. For questions, call (309)-663-5841.

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