A Daphne High School teacher and assistant coach has learned how car accidents can change lives in just a few seconds. On August 1, 2012, he was driving his Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Alabama 181 near the overpass on Interstate 10 when his vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle making a left turn onto the interstate.
The teacher, 30 years old at the time, was ejected from his SUV as it flipped. When he came to at South Alabama Medical Center three weeks later, doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive. A few days later, he was told that he would be paralyzed for life from the chest down. Three days after that, he began rehabilitation at Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
In September, however, he began to move his toes. Now, while still getting around mostly in his wheelchair, he is able to walk some with crutches and has a specially equipped van so he can drive himself around. He returned to teaching in January and his coaching duties later that spring.
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Source: AL.com, "One year after accident, Daphne assistant Jacy Todd won't settle for 'average' (video)", Ben Thomas, July 28, 2013