Police deliver diploma to grad injured in crash

Posted May 24

A Tempe, Ariz., high school senior who was hit by a taxi on his way to graduation last week has his diploma and a unique graduation story.

Joseph Dixon, 18 -- known as Jo Jo -- is still recovering in the hospital.

"Me and my mom heard a screech," he said. "I couldn't react fast enough."

Dixon and his mom were on their way to his high school graduation at Tempe High last Thursday night, when their trip was cut short by a taxi cab.

"It hit me," Dixon said. "I was kind of clipped between the wall and the car."

"My thigh bone broke," he said. "The ACL tore."

He's been recovering at the hospital since that night.

It's been a painful experience, but since he wasn't able to walk and receive his diploma, he got a special surprise ceremony. Instead of wearing his graduation cap and gown, he was wearing his hospital gown.

"The chief of police and the first responders that were there," he said. "They presented me with my diploma and also we took pictures."


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