The family of a Gaston College student who was killed in a car crash is speaking to firefighters about a simple way to connect victims with loved ones.
Andy Hovis, 20, was critically hurt in a crash on Dallas-Cherryville Highway in 2010. Investigators said a driver blacked out at the wheel, crossed the center line and slammed into Hovis head-on. When emergency crews got to the scene, he was still awake but badly hurt. Since he did not have a working cell phone, they could not immediately find his parents.
Hovis' mother found out about the wreck after seeing a photo of his mangled car posted online.
"It was five hours and 55 minutes after the wreck that we got to the hospital. By the time we got there, he was on a vent and never woke up," Donna Hovis said.
Nearly two years after Hovis' death, his parents have started a foundation. They're handing out small, brightly colored cards for people to write their emergency contacts on, which they can carry in their wallets or purses.
"It's not for Andy any more. We want it for everybody else," Hovis said.