FORT THOMAS, Ky. -- Elliot Feltner was on his way to make a film this past August.
But he never made it there.
The 22-year-old was struck on Interstate 75 by a driver who police say was high on heroin.
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Feltner has been fighting to recover since, but he has never been alone. A UC alum and Dixie Heights High School grad, Feltner has a lot of people pulling for him months after his crash.
Nearly 500 people from the community came together Friday evening for a benefit at the Highlander Event Center in his honor, which was emceed by WCPO- 9 On Your Side’s Katherine Nero.
Craig Feltner, Elliot’s father, said Elliot has extensive rehab ahead due to his severe spinal cord injury.
“Elliot faces tough challenges everyday, but his arm movements and coordination continue to improve,” Craig said.
He also said while Elliot is still unable to speak, they are hopeful that a future surgery will help.
The amount of money raised at Friday’s benefit is still being calculated, but Craig said he is grateful to the community’s generosity.
He told WCPO that the money will go towards rehab, home care and home modifications for Elliot.
Elliot’s fundraising page has raised over $11,000. Click here to donate to Elliot Feltner.