A 20-year-old Middle Tennessee State University student is continuing to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville nearly two months after a horrific head-on collision in Williamson County.
Siblings Justin, 24, and Sara Hayes were driving on Bethesda Duplex Road on the morning of April 26 when their vehicle was struck head-on by a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Josh Bruce.
Justin sustained serious injuries to his leg and foot and now uses a cane for balance, while Sara, who suffered a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung, a broken arm and a head injury, spent three weeks in a coma at Vanderbilt.
“We liked to have lost her at Vanderbilt,” father Tommy Hayes told Nashville's News 2 Investigates. “It's been a mess. It's a phone call that no parent ever wants to get.”
Tommy said his daughter continues to face a lengthy recovery.
“They told us 18 months to two years before she can walk, probably,” he explained.
Justin told Nashville's News 2 Investigates he attempted to swerve to miss hitting Bruce's pickup truck, however the other driver also swerved, striking his vehicle on the passenger side.
“I remember impact,” he recalled. “I remember the rush of the wind. The windshield was hanging by a thread in [Sara's] face.”
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident remains under investigation.
Currently no charges have been filed.
Investigators said there was no indication of drugs or alcohol at the scene and that toxicology results are pending.
Authorities said Bruce has a revoked license for an April DUI offense.
He was not injured in the accident. His passenger was transported to Vanderbilt with non-life threatening injuries.