Veteran in Coma after Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver in Manteca

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A Manteca native survived two tours in the Army only to be fighting for his life in a Modesto Hospital, according to the Manteca Police Department.

The solider had been hit by a drunk driver New Year’s Day and has been in a coma since then.

Nick Cargill was listed in serious condition Tuesday at Doctor’s Medical with his family by his side.

“He went to Iraq twice, then he comes home and this happens to him,” Denise Cargill, Nick’s mother said.

Her son was hit by an alleged drunk driver on Woodward Way and Airport. The crash left him in a coma and his family holding constant vigil.

“It’s just hard waiting,” Denise said.

Nick joined the Army in 2009, reenlisted, survived two tours, and was about to serve a third one.

“He was home for two weeks and he’s a really helpful kid, honorary,” Denise said.

According to officers, Nick was t-boned by 24-year-old Edgar Carillo. They claim he was drunk and has since been charged with felony DUI.

“The other guy didn’t get anything wrong with him,” Denise lamented.

Nick’s health is uncertain as he remains in a coma.

“All this we don’t know, how long it’s going to take for him to wake up or what he’s going to be like for when he does wake up,” Denise explained.

Carillo is out on bail. He has a court date for his felony DUI in a couple of weeks.

The family has set up a gofundme.com account.