TULSA, Oklahoma - The stepmother of a man whose truck went off the fourth floor of the Saint Francis parking garage Tuesday night said he is thankful to be alive.
Austin’s stepmother said he has broken bones and has had two surgeries.
Austin Smith is paralyzed from the waist down from a car wreck when he was a teenager. His family said he loves his four-wheeler and being outdoors and going on family trips.
They said he’s willing to help anyone and loves his dog Khali. His stepmother said they were devastated when they saw what happened at the parking garage.
“We rewinded it and still didn’t believe that was his car. It was like, what are the odds?” said Austin’s stepmother Jamie Murray.
She said he hadn’t been feeling well for days, with chills and feeling he was going to pass out, so he decided to go to the ER last night but never made it inside.
“He was there because he was sick and he was having blackouts and he wanted to get help from the ER and this happened,” said Murray.
He has several fractured bones, he broke his back again and his neck, wrist, elbow, femur and pelvis but he is alive.
Jamie said Austin has just gotten a truck that gave him a new sense of independence and had just gotten a new wheelchair after waiting a year and both are now destroyed. He is facing a long road to recovery and a whole new set of challenges to overcome.
You can visit a GoFundMe page set up for Austin here.