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post #1 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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My 5th Gen Story

I told Octane via a PM convo, but I think it's a cool story for everyone to hear. I'm not telling it for any reason other than how much my car means to me and why I love it so much.

It all started back on October 5th 2008. I had just got off work and we (all of my friends which also work at the same place) were just sitting outside talking. It was cold that night so we decided to call it a little sooner than normal. My friend needed a ride home so I offered to take him. After dropping him off I took a state route home. It's only 1 lane both ways and the speed limit is 55mph...and that night my life would be changed forever.

A car went left of center hitting me head on. I had zero reaction time whatsoever. I awoke in the wreckage with a firefighter telling me I'd be ok and not to move. I was pinned in the car under the dashboard for over 45min. They had to cut the roof off and pull the car apart in order to get me out. I felt no pain throughout this entire process so I thought I would be fine. Upon getting me out of the car onto a stretcher a paramedic told me they were going to airlift me to University Hospital in Cincinnati...that's when my heart sank. They don't bring helicopters in for nothing. Something had to be seriously wrong.

Jeremy, the firefighter in the back seat telling me I'd be ok.

I ended up with a broken left femur, broken left foot (every bone), and a compound fracture on my right tibia and fibia. One surgery and a blood transfusion later I had titanium rods in both legs and could not walk.

The other car had a driver and 3 passengers all underage. The driver had a cracked rib and one of the passengers had a chipped tooth. The other 2 were completely uninjured.

I was in a rehab hospital for a month and I was in a wheelchair for a total of 2 months. I got on crutches around the end of November and started walking without them in January.

Today I'm pretty much back to normal minus a few insane looking scars on my legs. I'm really lucky to be alive. I got my insurance settlement in July and had my new 2010 Camaro in August. Never in a million years would I have ever dreamed of owning a 5th Gen Camaro. I went through alot to get to this point, but every time I look out the window I'm reminded of all the hard work I had to put into recovering from my accident.

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post #2 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 03:00 PM
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WOW...glad you made it through the ordeal. Car accidents are no joke, you don't realize the carnage and your mortality until you're in one.

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post #3 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 03:38 PM Founder / Former Camaro Disciple
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Still amazes me to see the wreckage pictures. Wow.
An amazing story, you certainly have a positive outlook on life!

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Glad you are still around and more glad you are driving a new Camaro stay safe.......

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post #5 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 04:23 PM
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That was quite the story glad to hear you are doing fine

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Wow, man. I got chills reading that and seeing the pictures. Congrats on fighting back and getting back on your feet again. And congrats on the great new ride, man. I don't envy the route you took to get here, but I do envy your sweet Camaro.
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post #7 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 05:03 PM
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Glad to see you made it out of that one in one piece man.

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post #8 of 29 Old 08-20-2009, 05:56 PM
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Wow! That was a riveting testimony. It's good to know that you fought through it, and that you are back to your current state of health. Enjoy life and your Camaro to the fullest!
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Glad to hear you're ok man. I don't know what they teach in Driver's Ed these days, but it's getting ridiculous. I hate people who don't use blinkers or text or talk on their cell phones while driving (exception bluetooth).

Nice ride, glad you're alive to enjoy it.
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Wow, it looks like you are lucky to be living

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