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Multi-million dollar restitution order nets pennies on the dollar for victim who nearly died

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The last time Richard Crook could move without a wheel chair, he was riding his bike on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa.

“It’s hard to think about,” Crook said. “I still fight it every day.”

That was 13 years ago.

“I don’t remember any honks, horns, screeches of tires,” Crook said. “Nothing.”

32 days later, Crook, now 63, woke in the hospital. He has been in a wheelchair ever since.

Gerald Selke, now 37, would later plead guilty to leaving the scene of a crash and DUI with serious bodily injury.

Selke served four years in prison and according to court documents, he was ordered to pay $761,000 in restitution for Crook’s medical expenses. Selke was ordered to pay $2 million in another court order tied to the case.

“290 dollars,” Crook said when asked how much he has received. “My last payment was two $10 money orders and it cost me $6 to cash that.”
 
Selke claims he has paid Crook…

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