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'Wrong Way' Crash Victim Loses Leg

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The airport shuttle driver who was hit on the Long Island Expressway, by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on July 5, had his right leg amputated today at New York Hospital- Queens.

PIX 11 News has learned 65 year old John Rey has been battling infection--and organ failure--ever since the early morning crash, just over two weeks ago. He remains in critical condition, in the same hospital where accused drunk driver, Dave Richards, was taken after the "head on" accident.

Police say Richards was driving his Mercedes west-- in the eastbound lanes-- when he smashed into Rey's brand-new Super Shuttle van, near the Kissena Boulevard exit in Flushing. Richards' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Rey had been driving passengers to and from the metro airports for nearly 22 years. The Long Island widower raised his two daughters, after losing his wife to cancer twenty years ago. Rey got up at 2:30 am, six days a week, to do his airport job. He had just bought his new Super Shuttle van before the crash, after logging 400,000 miles on the old one.

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