We'll never learn exactly what went through the commercial truck driver's mind. He wanted to take a left turn. He was supposed to yield to oncoming traffic. But he didn't.
The front of Lynn's car crushed inwards, breaking her bones and trapping her inside. It took 45 minutes for the fire department to finally extract her. We shared her memories with the jury:
“Suddenly I was conscious that my right leg/ankle were being crushed by the dashboard. I saw my hand going one direction, my forearm going the other, and a large bone ready to break through the skin. Realizing I needed to be my own splint until the medics arrived, I held my right arm with my left hand as best as I could. Then the pain started. I screamed over and over ‘Help me, help me. I’m hurt, I’m in pain’.”
Ten years have now passed. Nine days in the hospital. Years of painful, determined rehabilitation.
Before the wreck, Lynn was the most physically fit person I've ever known. She had been a volunteer firefighter, competitive body builder, avid out doors enthusiast, and earned a living as a certified personal trainer.
Lynn's life profoundly changed. Her biggest challenge is something so many of us take for granted: walking. But she has never given up her vision of helping others achieve fitness. And she is still one of the most amazingly fit people I've ever known.
Lynn's company is Balanced Bodyworks. She is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and Yoga Teacher.
Lynn, you are a hero.
Photo: The Fire Dept. breaking Lynn out of her vehicle.