I know you guys hate reposts. This is an update for the members who expressed interest in the young guy beaten for complimenting rims on a Lexus. Doctors had feared he would be paralyzed and brain damaged.
PUYALLUP, Washington — The father of a man beaten outside a Puyallup bar after he complimented another man’s car said his son has woken up from a coma and may soon be on the way to a rehabilitation facility.
James Foster remains at Tacoma General Hospital after the attack. His father, Darrell Foster, said just a couple days ago, doctors were telling him that hope for James’ recovery was dwindling.
But then things changed.
“Just a couple days ago, he still wasn’t moving his left hand,” Darrel said. “Yesterday, he was scratching his face, and you’re just looking at little things like that saying, ‘That’s spectacular!’”
Darrell said James, 21, has even tried to talk.
“He doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but every once in a while, he’ll say your name – ‘Where’s dad, where’s mom?’ – he’ll call one of his brothers or his sisters,” Darrell said.
James was left comatose after witnesses said he complimented the rims on a car owned by Daman Lehman, 25, outside a Puyallup bar.
Lehman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree assault. He’s out of jail on $75,000 bail. His trial has been set for late June.
Since KIRO 7 first reported the story, the Foster family said they’ve received an outpouring of support. Darrell said he’s heard from people he’s never met who are reaching out to help James. One even repaired the family car for free after it broke down.
In a couple weeks, there will be a car rally and a fundraiser for James. We’ll have more on that event in the coming days.
“It’s going to be a long road, that’s what they said,” Darrell said.