Not really an update - as of about an hour ago, "Mrs. Charles" said he was still in surgery or, possibly, in ICU. She was waiting for the police to call her back so she could learn more about what happened and where his personal belongings are. Charles' son and brother are with "Mrs. Charles".
Charles is out of surgery and in ICU. He hasn't awakened yet. Once he does, it's critical that he be able to breathe on his own without tubes.
The accident happened around 6:30am local time near his home. Two bones below his knee are broken in his left leg. He aspirated into his lungs at the scene of the accident. It would appear they know who hit him (a retired person), but I don't know if the driver stopped or if it was a hit and run with witnesses identifying the driver.
While Charles is in ICU, he can't receive flowers or phone calls. I don't know the name of the hospital yet.
The doctor said they are going to keep Charles sedated for the next 24-48 hours. His leg was swollen so they didnâ€™t go in to operate, they just put these metal bars on the outside for now. In 5-7 days when the swelling goes down they will have to go into the leg and put metal in (probably pins). So for now he is doing OK on the ventilator. His family wonâ€™t know much until tomorrow or Wednesday (depending on how long he stays sedated). No phone in his ICU room and canâ€™t receive flowers there. Only "Mrs. Charles" and his son can call the nurse for updates (even his daughter canâ€™t call).
It looks like it was an accident. It was foggy this morning in Bloomfield and an older man turned and hit Charles while he was crossing. He said he didnâ€™t see him.
Shipmaven - just now logging in and I find this terrible news. My thoughts and prayers go to Charles, and of course to his family, as well. I hope he has a restful night and look forward to hearing better news tomorrow, or the next day.