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Local man heartbroken after tricycle destroyed by driver without insurance

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A local man is heartbroken after his beloved tricycle was destroyed in a crash. He told KHQ the driver who hit him admitted he did not have insurance.

"He didn't see me coming and it went bang," Gilbert Ackaret said. "He hit my ankle and my ribs. I went to the hospital."

And as soon as he was released, he was told all that was salvageable from his tricycle were two wheels.

"It upset me," he said. "Very upset. Sad."

Because this isn't the first time he has had his heartbroken over a bike. A few years back, Gilbert's tricycle was stolen outside a Hillyard grocery store. A good Samaritan replaced it, but now he's without the wheels he needs for independence again.

"I clean and I take care of people," he said. "I sell apples."

He also uses it to visit his brother in an area nursing home, leaving him desperate for some help.

"You've done it before (Hayley,)" he said. "I need some help."

And because of Roger Hernandez from Shacktown community bikes, Hayley was able to help him.

"We pride ourselves in helping the community around here," he said.

Hernandez is currently searching for the perfect tricycle for Gilbert, free of charge.

"We'll get him back out there," he said.

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