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Brennan recovers from crash injuries

UH's former standout quarterback cannot recall the Big Island accident of Nov. 19

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2011

Seven weeks later, former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said he still has "no vivid memory" of a two-car crash on the Big Island.

Brennan was the front passenger in an SUV that apparently hit head-on a sedan driven by Theresa Wang, a Big Island doctor.

Wang, who was seriously injured, is being treated at a Denver rehabilitation center specializing in brain and spinal-cord injuries.

Last month, Wang filed a lawsuit against Brennan's girlfriend, Shakti Stream, who was driving the SUV. Stream suffered a shoulder injury. Brennan suffered a head injury, a broken left clavicle and injuries to four ribs.

Brennan said he has recovered from the injuries and expects to resume training as early as next week. He returned to his family's home in Irvine, Calif., after being treated at the Queen's Medical Center.

"I'm doing fine," said Brennan, a free agent after being released by the Oakland Raiders in August. "Right now all of my thoughts and prayers are out to (Wang) and her family."

Brennan said he has no recollection of the Nov. 19 accident or the events leading to it.

He said he "woke up" in Queen's a few days after clavicle surgery, eventually learning that "my life had changed."

He added, "The doctors said, 'It's a good thing you don't remember much. You don't have to relive it.'"

Brennan said he was told that his head was "hit hard" during the accident. Brennan was kept heavily sedated, according to his father, during his first few days at Queen's.

"I saw some pictures of the (accident), but I have no vivid memory," he said. "I've had to learn through other people's accounts or seeing random photos. ... I've had to learn from other people how serious the situation was."

He said he was fortunate that he was not injured more seriously.

"Of all the things that happened, from head to toe ... I'm lucky," Brennan said. "I'm lucky I had what I had."

Brennan said he is thankful for support. During the holidays, he said, he received packages containing get-well cards.

"I want to thank the doctors and paramedics and nurses," he said. "They were great to me."

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