SHIPROCK — A paraplegic man from Newcomb is in the hospital after he dragged himself four miles down a dirt road off U.S. Highway 491.
Ricky Gilmore, 49, was found last week on Tocito Road, about 30 miles south of Shiprock after a man and woman left him there without his wheelchair.
Gilmore struggled for three days and two nights before anyone stopped to help him. He said three vehicles, including one from the Native American Church, passed him while he scooted on his buttocks in search of help.
After a man stopped to help him and called an ambulance, the Northern Navajo Medical Center admitted Gilmore.
They are treating him for acute kidney failure, a sprained wrist and extensive blood infection, medical center officials said.
“It was like torture,” said Gilmore, who filed a police report at the Shiprock Police Department on Thursday.
The police report currently is pending.
“This is the first time,” Gilmore said, noting that he has hitch hiked for 19 years since he lost the use of his legs in a car crash.
Gilmore described the pair as Native American. The man is in his mid-20s and a tattoo in cursive writing on his neck.
The woman is heavyset in her mid-40s. Both are believed to be from the Shiprock or Kirtland area.
They were in a white pickup, Gilmore said.