When a Ford Thunderbird struck Melvin King at the intersection of West 13th and Daniels streets on Jan. 26, the impact broke bones in both of his legs.Now, King, who at 75 years old has been homeless for about a year, can no longer get around without a walker.“I had three surgeries, very little physical therapy. I broke both my ankles. My right leg broke in three places. I have screws and plates in both,” said King, sitting in hardwood chair in the entrance of Share House in mid-May; his tiny long-haired chihuahua named Chiquita rested in his lap.“I’ll be living with these titanium pieces forever. They’re a part of me now,” he said.Despite the serious injuries and housing challenges, King remains optimistic about the future. That’s not to say things have not been tough since the hit-and-run crash.The incidentVancouver police were dispatched to the hit-and-run about 6:15 p.m. Jan. 26, according to a police report. King is listed as the victim in the report, which also says he broke both legs.Police said in an email that King was in a crosswalk.A witness told police he saw a two-door late-model car, possibly a Ford Thunderbird based on bird decals on the car’s tail lights, driven by a man in his 50s who was wearing a black hoodie and a backward baseball cap.
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