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Tony Tufano, victim in RHP Matt Bush DUI hit-and-run, released from hospital

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Tony Tufano, 72, the victim in the Rays minor league RHP Matt Bush DUI hit-and-run crash, was released from the hospital today and is home, daughter in law Shannon Moore said.

Tufano is using a walker and will receive home care, with family attorney Richard Hirsch saying there's a "long road" to recovery with "hundreds of thousands" in medical bills. But Moore said the family is excited for Tufano's return.

Bush was arrested Mar. 22 in North Port after police say the Dodge Durango he was driving hit the motorcycle of Tufano and fled the scene. Bush had a blood alcohol level of .180, more than double the legal limit. Tufano was in the intensive care unit of Lee Memorial Hospital for a couple weeks, having sustained injuries such as a collapsed lung, brain hemorrhaging and several broken bones. But Tufano made slow improvements, and was moved into a regular room last week.

Bush, the 2004 top overall pick, is in Charlotte County jail on a $1.015 million bond, facing seven charges stemming from the arrest. According to police reports, he was in three accidents that day, including a previous hit-and-run in Venice several hours earlier. Bush's legal representation is filing for a bond reduction, and a hearing is scheduled for April 23 in Charlotte County.

The Tufano family has filed civil lawsuits against both Bush and minor league outfielder Brandon Guyer, whose Durango was used during the accident, seeking $5 million from each player. Bush has since been put on the restrictive list by the Rays.

Daniel Bush, Bush's father, said he's spoken with his son a few times since his arrest and said the 26-year-old has been praying every day for Tufano and is "remorseful" for what happened. Daniel Bush said his son has declined to discuss the specifics of the case, and his priority right now is getting "healthy" mentally.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:40am]

    

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