Three Houston filmmakers who were injured when an accused drunk driver crashed their set are benefiting from a pair of local fundraisers.
The first was held Wednesday night, in conjunction with the premiere of "The Haunted Trailer" at the River Oaks Theatre.
Kent Ohler did some work on that film and he attended the event on crutches. Ohler is a sound technician who was hurt while working on another local movie, "Helen Alone."
He tells FOX 26 News he doesn't remember the moment of impact, which broke several bones in his back, leg and foot and left him with a concussion.
"One moment I was standing there holding a flashlight for my friend Jordan while he was rigging the camera gear onto the picture car," recalled Ohler. "And the next, I was being loaded into a helicopter by a man putting oxygen in my face."
Ohler was rushed to the hospital by LifeFlight helicopter that night. He was the most seriously wounded of the three crew members, who were run over while they rigged a camera for a nighttime driving scene in League City in late October.
The crew was on the shoulder of a public street which was blocked off by two police officers, flares and construction cones. Police say 38-year old Tosh Ingram was drunk when he steered his car around the police barricade and into the film crew.
Kent Ohler admits he's lucky to be alive. And he gives much of the credit to a fellow crew member, who was also injured.
"Michael Darling, who saved my life and saved the life of other crew members as he saw the vehicle coming. It was really heroic of him because he wouldn't have been hurt at all if it hadn't been for that."
Darling suffered a detached retina, a concussion and a laceration on his head. A third crew member broke his ankle in the collision.
Ingram is charged with DWI, 3rd offense. He is out of jail after posting $10,000 bond, according to investigators.
This coming Tuesday, another fundraising event is scheduled to benefit the three recovering filmmakers, this one promoted by the Southwest Alternate Media Project (also known as SWAMP).
For details on that event – featuring comedy, music, films and a silent auction – click here: