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July 4th boat accident victim speaks on camera for first time
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FARGO - The Becker County Sheriff's Office says it's not giving up. Investigators say they're still following up on tips and calls, investigating a Fourth of July hit-and-run boating accident on Big Cormorant Lake.


Investigators have traveled to places like Ada, Wadena, Wahpeton, and Fargo-Moorhead to look at boats. So far, two boats have been seized.

"We haven't closed the door on anything yet. One of those boats we feel strongly is not involved," says John Sieling, a Becker County investigator. "The other one we just can't rule that out yet, we are just waiting for some things to come back. I can't really comment on that."

If you have any information, call the Becker County Sheriff's Office at (218) 847-2661

For the first time, Terry Erickson agreed to go on camera, sharing his story.

The Erickson family remains positive. Terry, the victim in that hit and run, says it's been a struggle to get life back to normal. Yet his family is focused on moving forward.

"Not able to do much, at least I'm walking now and I can go for a walk during the day and strengthen my leg, and get back to work," Terry says.

He's getting close. Terry says he's sped right through recovery, and is meeting with doctors soon for another update.

"When this first happened, they were saying 3-6 months," he says.

It's only been 3 months since that accident on Big Cormorant Lake on the Fourth of July. Another boat hit him while the family was watching fireworks, and took off.

"Got hit, and it was all over," Terry says.

In an instant, their lives changed. Terry broke his pelvis, fractured his fibula, but slowly, he's getting stronger.

"Not really pain, I get sore and stiff, but as for pain no," he says.

It's a different routine for the Ericksons, with one less paycheck coming in, and Terry still not back to normal.

"It's been hard to not have your husband do the things he normally does for you," says Terry's wife, Tayrn.

Terry hopes the Becker County Sheriff's Office catches the boaters who hit him. It's been a challenge to get past this, but Terry says he's moved on.

"I don't think about it too much. Accidents happen," he says.

If you'd like to help the Ericksons, there's a benefit for Terry this weekend.

The spaghetti feed and silent auction will be Sunday at the Dilworth Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also send donations to Gate City Bank, with "The Terry Erickson Benefit" written on the check.