Loved ones said this week that they are delighted that a Northern California motorist found unconscious is alive and awake after spending a week in the woods when his truck overturned near a busy freeway.
Michael Sanchez Jr., 25 years old, is increasingly alert but he still can’t talk, his sister Priscilla Sanchez told the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday.
She called her brother’s recovery miraculous and said he recently transferred out of an intensive care unit at Regional Medical Center in San Jose.
She recalled that it was just days ago that her brother’s outlook appeared bleak after going without food and water for a week, but they recently saw signs that he was improving.
The California Highway Patrol couldn’t find Sanchez immediately after the single-vehicle crash near a Highway 101 off-ramp in south San Jose on May 8. They said there was no indication at the time of their search that anyone was at risk.
A week later, police searching the area for clues found Sanchez in a near-comatose state in a dense thicket of brush and trees about 50 feet from where his truck was found and subsequently impounded.
Priscilla Sanchez said she remains both skeptical and vigilant about why her brother wasn’t found during an initial search of the scene.