Mere seconds before slamming into a bridge support, Arika Stovall’s boyfriend regained consciousness. What followed was one of the worst events in the young couple’s life. Stovall and her boyfriend are still baffled as to how they managed to make it out alive.
Stovall, a Lipscomb University student and her boyfriend, Hunter Hanks, were driving back to Nashville, Tennessee from Jacksonville, Florida on New Year’s Day when the young couple crashed.
However, it wasn’t the photo of the devastation that caught people’s attention on social media. It was the photo of the couple reunited at the hospital that has touched the hearts of many. In the photo, Hanks is leaning over Stovall, who is lying in a hospital bed, and they’re smiling at each other despite their wounds and neck braces.
“Three seconds. That’s how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pillar at 85 mph,” the post starts. Throughout her post, Stovall tells those to believe in the power of love and God. “We’re so grateful for this wreck and all it will do in our lives,” she writes.
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The couple didn’t expect the photo to become so popular online. “We’ve gotten hundreds of messages just telling us that our story brought them out of a dark place in their life and changed their life,” Stovall tells CNN.
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Both suffered concussions but plan to resume life as normal.
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