Local teacher, coach loses both legs in a hit-and-run on Mardi Gras

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NOPD arrests suspected driver

(WDSU)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — A beloved teacher was the victim of a hit-and-run on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans.

Adam Sivia is a kindergarten teacher, who also coaches football at Lusher High School.

Image courtesy of WDSU

His brother, David Sivia, told WDSU that both of Adam’s legs had to be amputated to save his life.

“It was either amputate his legs or lose his life, and they (doctors) had to make the decision there to amputate his legs without question,” David Sivia said. “I’m blessed that they did so because it means my brother is still here with us.”

NOPD has arrested Jason McCoy for allegedly driving the car that hit Adam Sivia as he walked in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Norman C. Francis Parkway. McCoy is charged with one count of hit-and-run causing serious injury and two counts of negligent injury.

Image courtesy of New Orleans Police Department

News of an arrest offers some closure to the Sivia family.

“To know that the person who was responsible for this was taken in, and hopefully, is held responsible to the fullest extent, well, it gives a little closure to that end,” said David Sivia.

Adam Sivia is expected to start therapy this week.

So far, a GoFundMe page has raised more than $115,000 to help with his recovery efforts. Anyone interested in donating can click here.

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