By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nothing can make up for the weeks that Tom Pilgrim stayed in the hospital, the months he spent in a wheelchair, and the days it took him to learn how to walk again.
Most of all, Pilgrim, a self-employed electrician, and his wife, Dena, know they'll never get back more than $30,000 spent in medical bills and the year of lost income after a drunken driver crashed into their minivan on Sept. 4, 1996 on U.S. 11. Both of Tom's legs were crushed and his right arm was broken; Dena suffered bruised lungs and knee damage.
But the Chambersburg couple isn't alone in paying the price for the accident.
The driver, Travis Fisher, 31, of Greencastle, Pa., will be paying with time spent in jail.
Last week, Fisher was the first person in Franklin County to be prosecuted for aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence, treated now as a second-degree felony under a new statute in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code established in April 1996.