College student speaks out about accident that nearly killed her

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A college student is speaking out about the driver who nearly killed her in a hit-and-run accident on I-485.

Christina Morris, the daughter of Indian Trail town councilwoman Darlene Luther, sat down with Channel 9 to talk about the horrific accident that almost cost her her life.

"This is like an actual, literal miracle, there's no explanation," Morris said.

Troopers said Morris was behind a silver SUV on I-485 in September, when she tried to pass the SUV on the right-hand side. Witnesses told investigators the other driver then sped up and clipped Morris' car's bumper, sending it rolling off the interstate and into a stand of trees.

"I should have died at the crash, I should have died on the way to the hospital. Nobody thought I was gonna make it, not the EMS, not the first policeman that arrived there, not the witnesses," Morris said.

The 20-year-old pharmacy student was on her way to a study date when the accident happened,. She said she has no memory of the the day of the crash, and only remembers waking up in the hospital.

"All I know is I woke up hallucinating, I had pins in my arm, a brace on my neck," Morris said.

Suffering from a punctured lung, broken vertebrae and several broken bones, Morris remained in a coma for weeks.

She also suffered a stroke while she was in the coma, but doctors were not immediately aware of the stroke.
Weeks later, after hours of intensive therapy each day, Morris can finally wiggle a few of the fingers in the arm affected by the stroke.

She said her miracle recovery has been helped by support from the community.

"People have been so helpful, it just blows my mind, even to this day," Morris said.

She is working to raise money for extensive medical bills and hopes to one day return to college, although she said her brain injury may slow that process.

Morris is still hoping the man who hit her will be convicted by his guilt and turn himself in.

"I don't hold any angst, or anguish in my heart, I don't hold any hate against this guy ... I just hope that it's in his heart to do the right thing and come forward," Morris said.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.