On May 20, 2015, South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a six car wreck near the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and Shetland Lane. Officers on scene said Grayson Hucks died, but the now 20-year-old is very much alive.
“I’m forever changed from what happened,” said Hucks. She continued, “when you wake up and someone’s like they thought you were dead. Wait, what? I’m here!”
Hucks has been through months of physical therapy and speech therapy, but said she’s come out the other side of that.
“I had a shattered knee cap and a broken tibia plateau which is, where my main injuries, along with the brain injury, and then I just had a fractured ulna on my left arm and because of my injuries, they went ahead and put metal in. And I was non-weight baring on my leg for three months,” said Hucks.
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She was in a wheelchair.
“Whenever you are used to being able to hop up and go to the bathroom and just all those things, you take it for granted until you’re in that situation. So many little things you notice. Just not having accessibility to things like you’re used to. I mean, just being able to open the door. Most people in wheelchairs, some don’t have the ability with arms that can function that way and it just really opens your eyes to... you think that we have handicap accessibility, but it’s really not where it should be because I know that was one thing from day one, I was like this is ridiculous,” said Hucks.