BOULDER, CO – A CU freshman is in the intensive care unit at a Boulder hospital. A Boulder entrepreneur feels connected to him because of an accident he said “freaked him out.”

CU Food truck accident

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J.C. Slager walked out of Boulder Community Hospital Thursday. He just visited someone who was a stranger 24 hours before.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about what could have changed in his life in that moment,” Slager remarked.

The circumstances that connect them: neither could have made up if they tried.

Slager is the owner of the Cheese Louise Lunch Truck. He has a loyal following of lunch customers around the Boulder campus. On Wednesday, he was serving a long line of people when a driver hit the truck.

“All the sudden the truck shakes like an earth quake, and I get thrown to the front,” Slager said.

If the driver had hit it much harder it could have tipped over.

“It would have tipped onto 15 people standing on the other side,” he said.

Slager got up to look out the window. He says he saw a green SUV speed past.

“It hit a student who was sitting at the table eating his sandwich,” Slager said.

A pole and bike rack finally stopped the SUV. A CU freshman, Eric Anderson, was tangled in it all. He was badly hurt.

Slager ran to him and talked to him until paramedics arrived. Then he went to the driver.

“I asked her to turn off her car,” he said. “She seemed stunned and out of it.”

Boulder Police say the driver, 73-year-old Brenda Geers, failed a road side sobriety test outside the church where she was going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

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