Single father critically injured in crash gets some needed help

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A nasty crash on the first day of school in September left the driver of a stolen car dead and a father of four badly injured.

Time has helped heal Robert Bentz, and so has the generosity of KOMO viewers.

"(The car) came at us so fast we didn't have time to react on anything," Bentz said. "It just flashes so fast and I thought I was pretty much dead."

A stolen car on the wrong side of the road crashed head-on with a single father of four driving his son to school in a pickup.

The recovery has been painful: A fractured back, broken leg, broken ankle, broken jaw, torn artery, and internal bleeding. And it's been expensive.

KOMO viewers have already donated more than $3,000 for his bills, but when Bentz gets back to his construction work, he'll need a pickup. His old one is history.

Thursday, with Robert up and moving around, Chevrolet of Puyallup stepped up big-time. They gave Bentz a 2003 Chevy Avalanche.

Bentz just had seven teeth pulled Wednesday, so his body is still a work in progress. But today, his heart was full, knowing he's got wheels again.

And you, or generous viewers, threw in a little gas money.

It's been a rough go for Bentz and his family, but a new pickup will make the going a little easier from here on out.

Thursday morning, the Snohomish County Red Cross honored Bentz as a hero because at the instant of the accident, he turned his pickup so that his side of the truck would take the hit, and not the side that his son Rody was riding in.