BELLEVUE, Wash. -- The man in the car wreck involving Seahawks player Derrick Coleman spoke out for the first time on Wednesday.
Kris Fine says he's struggling to remember anything from the crash that made headlines.
Fine says he suffered a serious head injury when Coleman crashed into his Honda, flipping it over on a Bellevue street last October.
Not only does he not recall the crash but everyday life is now full of uncertainties.
“Just simple things I should know I don’t remember, writing my address wrong couple of times a day,” Fine said.
The Bellevue man says he's had to drop out of computer science classes and has been unable to find a job in that field while his medical bills continue to grow.
Coleman's lawyer, Stephen Hayne, said the player “feels terrible about it; he has always done so. He feels responsible for causing this accident; we don’t know exactly what happened.”
Police have recommended the filing of felony vehicular assault and hit-and-run charges against Coleman.
Although Coleman tested negative for drugs or alcohol, Bellevue police say Coleman admitted to using Spice, a synthetic marijuana, an hour before he rammed into Fine's Honda.
Fine wants to know why Coleman took off and didn’t help him at the scene.
Hayne says Coleman did not mean to flee the scene.
“He went about a block away; he was clearly confused, he was barefoot,” Hayne said.
Coleman's attorney is still emphasizing that his client was not under the influence, and he lashed out at Bellevue Police.
“It’s an investigation that’s deeply flawed and it accuses him of doing things he didn’t do,” Hayne said.
But Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett defended the investigation earlier this week.
“His assertions are baseless and offensive. Throughout this investigation, my officers were nothing more than professional, methodical and complete in their approach in investigating this crime,” Mylett said.
Fine's attorney is defending Bellevue Police.
“They've crossed their t's and dotted their i's and made sure they had everything they needed before they made those recommendations,” attorney Evan Bariault said.
It could take a couple of weeks for the King County Prosecutor’s Office to decide whether to file charges against Coleman.
Fine’s focus is not on the possible criminal charges.
“I don’t hold any grudge against Coleman; we all make mistakes,” Fine said.
The victim says he just wants to get back to normal and that could mean a civil lawsuit against Coleman in the future.
“It’s something we are considering at this time,” Bariault said.
No word yet on how much money Fine is seeking if he files the lawsuit.
Coleman’s attorney says talk of a civil lawsuit does not come as a surprise but he says Coleman is appalled and upset over the possible criminal charges.