TORONTO - Charles Hogan is the forgotten victim.
He was one of two passengers ejected from a car as Trevor Middleton used his pickup truck to run a group of Asian-Canadian anglers and their friends off a dark country road more than five years ago. Shayne Berwick was propelled through the windshield and left severely brain damaged. His pal was more fortunate. Hogan went through the rear window and landed in the chilly waters of Lake Simcoe.
“They say I flew 40 feet into the lake,” recalls Hogan, 27, who suffered injuries to his head, neck and spine, as well as hypothermia. “I was out cold. I remember my friend pounding on my chest. He said I was in the water, floating away.
“When he woke me up, I didn’t know where I was. All I kept saying was, ‘Where’s Shayne, where’s Shayne?’”
Berwick, now 28, has been the face of this senseless tragedy. The former apprentice electrician now has the mental capacity of a three-year-old and requires 24-hour care.