California Man Found Alive Week After Car Crash

Michael Sanchez was found unconscious just yards from crash site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
California Man Found Alive Week After Car Crash
Sanchez survived the ordeal thanks to his youth and strength, doctors say.   (CBS)

A San Jose man is fighting for his life in a hospital after spending a week without food or water in a thicket close to where his pickup crashed. Police following up a missing persons report found Michael Sanchez, 25, lying unconscious just yards from where his vehicle veered off the highway and rolled over. The California Highway Patrol says a witness reported seeing a man climb out of the truck and walk away after the crash. A thorough search of the area was carried out immediately, but no one was found.

"We were looking all over for this gentleman," a CHP spokesman tells the San Jose Mercury News. "We not only searched the immediate area and the brush, but we checked the shoulders on the freeway, the neighborhoods and the adjacent parks." Sanchez was in an area "secluded with shade and just completely blocked from all view from anywhere on the roadway," said a cop. Sanchez, who suffered a blow to the head, was rushed to a local hospital unresponsive and in a coma, but has been making good progress ever since, a doctor tells KTVU. (More car accident stories.)

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