EXCLUSIVE: WSU Professor, Dr. David Warner "Assaulted" In 2013, - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

EXCLUSIVE: WSU Professor, Dr. David Warner "Assaulted" In 2013, Speaking Out To KHQ

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the first time since the "assault" that left Dr. David Warner with a traumatic brain injury in March of 2013 he is speaking out about his recovery. "Everyday I have to tell myself, David, you just made it another day. You can do this. People are not going to look at you weirdly." Warner still struggles with speech. But after his injury he says he only could speak 5 words.

Warner has and continues to endure hours of physical and speech therapy to learn how to walk and talk again. His mother, Cherie Warner tells KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus that "The word around the ICU is that he was not going to make it." Warner spent several months in a Spokane hospital recovering. After almost a year of investigations, the Whitman County prosecutors office announced it would not press charges against any of the 5 people involved in the incident.

Prosecutors said all of the evidence provided did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt there was any criminal action. A doctor who evaluated Warner's injuries said his traumatic brain injury was consistent with being kicked in the head. They were also consistent with his head hitting the pavement. Police say Warner was simply trying to break up a fight outside a Pullman bar just off the WSU campus when he was injured. Dr. Warner and his parents say the support that poured in from around the world has been overwhelming and very helpful in his recovery.

Friends, family and former students of Warner organized a donation fund for his recovery where they raised more than $20,000 towards his medical expenses. Despite no criminal charges being filed in this case, the Warner family has since hired an attorney and planning to pursue civil legal action.
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