The 47-year-old Antioch resident, who was allegedly struck on his motorcycle by 32-year-old Concord resident David Alcairo on Friday, remains at Highland Hospital with a broken spine, four broken ribs and severe road rash, according to family spokeswoman Mandy Benny.
"You touch him even slightly, and pain just shoots out everywhere," Benny said. "And he remembers everything."
Alcairo, who was shot by a CHP officer investigating the crash about 40 minutes after the incident, also remains hospitalized. When he is well enough to be released, he will face charges of attempted murder, felony hit and run and mayhem, according to CHP officer Sam Morgan.
According to Benny, Fletcher told his family he was awake and conscious during the crash that later led to the officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon. Fletcher, on his way home to Antioch after work, was going around a slower driver when a silver Honda sedan cut him off.
Fletcher said he tried to speed up and get away, but he saw behind him that the Honda began driving erratically, going from lane to lane, trying to catch up.
After a few minutes, Fletcher told his family, he slowed back down when he didn't see the Honda in his rearview mirrors. But he looked one last time, just in case, and that was when he saw the car directly behind his back wheel.
"He knew something was immediately wrong, because he couldn't flail his legs when he went into the air and he couldn't crawl when he hit the ground," Benny said.
Fletcher's motorcycle erupted in flames, forcing CHP officers to shut down three lanes on eastbound Highway 24 just before the Caldecott Tunnel.
Several witnesses have told authorities that Alcairo deliberately hit Fletcher, though it is unknown why Alcairo targeted the motorcyclist, CHP officer Morgan said.
About 40 minutes after the crash, Alcairo, who had parked along the shoulder on Wilder Road in Orinda with a flat tire, was approached by a CHP officer who spotted the Honda. When Alcairo "approached the officer in an aggressive manner and refused to comply with orders", the officer opened fire, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee.
Doctors used metal screws and rods to try to fuse some of Fletcher's spine together, but do not expect that he'll be able to walk again, Benny said.
Laura Fletcher, his wife of nearly 23 years -- and once his high school sweetheart -- has not left his side, and his three children visit every day.
"They are angry, they are confused," Benny said. "But their only concern and focus is Rich getting better."
Supporters have set up a page to take donations to help cover medical expenses at www.richfletcherrecovery.com.
The family has also asked that the public help them locate a man who pulled over and sat with Fletcher while he waited for help. Benny said the man apparently left as soon as paramedics arrived.
"He kept telling Rich it was going to be OK, that he was going to be OK," Benny said. "They just want to say, 'Thank you.'"
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