Greensboro, NC - Michael Herring is from Greensboro. He was doing quite well for himself in life. He had his home. His job. But that all went away about a year ago just off High Point Road. Michael was hit by a car.
The 19-year-old behind the wheel was texting and driving.
"It was September 19, 2009. I took a right onto Meadowview and all of a sudden I felt a big jolt. The next thing you know I'm in the air," Michael remembers. "It threw me 20 feet in the other direction. That's where I was paralyzed in the middle of the road until the paramedics came to me."
The emergency room is where doctors first told Michael he'd never walk again. He feared the worst. "My wife, my kids. I thought my life was over. I had to undergo surgery to repair my hip."
Countless prayers, fifteen screws and six months of intense rehab later, Michael is walking again. It's a struggle physically, but he was able to walk to the spot he almost didn't walk away from.
"I lost my job, lost my finances, my home. Pretty much everything went downhill from this one incident. It cost me everything I worked so hard for," said Michael.
The 19-year-old driver was texting and driving, but what did it cost her? She got a $140 ticket.
We don't know if this changed her life and her habit, but it changed his. "I do not (use my cell phone). Before I did be not since my accident."
Now Michael Herring wants to be a teacher. He does not want you to have to walk in his shoes. Michael wants you to learn a lifesaving lesson from just listening to him.
"You cannot use your cell phone while driving because it almost cost me my life."
Michael Herring works with the right Choice program. Right Choice is working to make sure you put down your cell phone while driving.
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