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Hit-and-run survivor wants a new start

In a Merivale Road coffee shop, Victor Carboni lifts his shirt to reveal the angry, twisting scar that has vandalized his full-back tattoo: a once-prowling panther. It forms part of the profound aftermath to a hit-and-run on Christmas Eve 2017 — Carboni was dragged more than a kilometre after being struck — that has left the 54-year-old brain injured, homeless, addiction free and anxious for a new start. "The accident changed my life," he says. Carboni emerged from a months-long coma last year to find himself without a drug addiction for the first time in decades. He's now eager to find an affordable apartment and move on with his life. "I can't be living on the street the way I've been," says Carboni, his face deeply lined, tanned and scarred. "Somebody up there has given me a second chance at life, and I'm going to change a lot of it. I want to have something. Get settled."

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