WARRENSVILLE-Vickie Cooper was in dire straits.
Cooper, of Warrensville, didn’t know where she was at the time. Today, she’s piecing back together memories leading up to the tragic accident she suffered little more than a week ago.
After sunbathing and enjoying the effervescent, refreshing water of Elk Shoals public swimming hole on Monday, July 11, Cooper found herself in excruciating pain. An accident had sent her off the side of an embankment along Boggs Road.
What she did know was that she was in a car accident and now pinned between the passenger floorboard, a seat and her 2004 Chevrolet Aveo’s gear shifter.
“All I remember was my front tires hitting the pavement after leaving Elk Shoals,” she said.
Even worse, she was all alone with little hope of being found.
“All I remember was that I couldn’t move anything except my right arm,” Cooper recalled Monday morning – a full week after the accident that took place on June 11 on Boggs Road in West Jefferson.
With what little energy she had left, Cooper reached up and began to frantically blow her horn.
“That was the only thing I could do,” she said. “It was such a steep bank, where I went off at. You couldn’t see me. There were no skid marks… I know it must have happened so fast.”
After a short time had passed, Cooper was soon comforted by a stranger, who stuck by her side until paramedics could arrive.
“I want to thank him personally because without this one person,” Cooper said while trailing off. “He is the key figure in my rescue and I need to thank him personally…I need to know who this is. It’s surreal that i lived through this.”
As a result of the crash, Cooper sustained a crushed left hill, damage to her right knee and a broken left collarbone and clavicle.
“I’m full of rods, pins and screws,” Cooper said with a soft laugh.
Cooper, who was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, is hoping to move to a local skilled nursing center this week to continue her recovery.
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