Coach uses hit-and-run to inspire kids

DENVER - Anyone who has coached before knows it's a passion, especially when coaching younger kids.

Coach Terrance Gunnells says coaching soccer is something he was born to do.

Gunnells is the head coach for one of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club teams. He's a modest guy, but he received the prodigious coach of the year award for the entire state in 2013.

On March 14, he was leaving the soccer field in Denver and riding his bike home. He got to East Alameda Avenue and South Quebec Street and doesn't remember anything more except for waking up in a hospital bed.

Denver Police say Gunnells was hit by a driver who didn't stop. Among his injuries were fractured ribs, a concussion, scratches and a punctured organ. He spent a week in the hospital and will recover the rest of the time at home.

Gunnells says he never expected to be hit by a car because he is always cautious, but still considers himself lucky to be alive. He also says what happened to him will help him be an even better example to the kids he coaches. He can show, through his actions, that regardless of what challenges life brings, it's important to work hard to get back up and to persevere.

Denver Police are still looking for the driver involved in Gunnell's hit-and-run case. They say the vehicle may have been a dark pickup truck with a cab.

Anyone with information about this hit and run or any other case should call Denver Police.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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