NORMAN — Corey Berlier was training for a 10K when he was hit running on Slaughterville Road last week.
The Noble High School graduate had not been a student athlete all those years ago, but during the almost nine years he spent in the Army National Guard, he got into shape until bad knees slowed his pace.
Two knee surgeries later, Berlier was moved by the tragedy when the Boston Marathon was bombed.
“I’m a huge Red Socks and huge New England Patriots fan,” he said. “I wanted to start running, and just get out there with the hopes one day of getting into that marathon.”
Currently a Slaughterville resident, Berlier was running on Slaughterville Road when a white hybrid or SUV clipped him.
“I was on the north side of the road,” he said. “I always run against traffic. The car was coming right at me. I got as far over as I could.”
Berlier thought the vehicle would go around him. At 7:30 p.m., it was still light and the road had only light traffic.
When the vehicle stuck him, he spun into the ditch and the vehicle’s passenger side mirror was knocked off. The white vehicle slowed briefly, then the “took off,” Berlier said, leaving him to seek medical assistance on his own.
He wishes now he would have picked that mirror up. At the time, he was in pain and needed help. Berlier called his mother-in-law who took him to Norman Regional Hospital. Initially, his right arm was ruled as a broke radius, and he was to referred to McBride Orthopedic Hospital.
After nine x-rays, the injury was determined not to be a break, but there was a lot of blood in the surrounding tissue and the doctor expressed concern about compartment syndrome. Berlier is doing physical therapy and waiting for the swelling to go down.