Wrong Way Crash Survivor's Journey to Recovery

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    A week and a half after his van was hit by another vehicle, Jackie Hooper is now in the Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Worth.

    A week and a half after his van was hit by another vehicle, Jackie Hooper is now in the Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Worth.

    Two of his legs are broken and one is completely shattered.

    “I do not remember the accident whatsoever. Anything that I can recall of the accident I have looked at in pictures,” said Hooper.

    When you look at the pictures, you may wonder how Hooper survived. The van is crushed.

    “I say God has something in store for me to bring me through what he has brought me through,” added Hooper

    Police said on June 4 the driver of an Isuzu Trooper was going the wrong way for almost eight miles, speeding, before colliding with Hooper on North Loop 820. The driver died.

    After 45 minutes Hooper was cut from his vehicle and hospitalized.  Two days later he came to and at one point thought he was paralyzed.

    “It was Friday evening, talking to my niece, that I realized I was in the hospital. That was when it hit me,” he added.

    Therapists help him out of his wheelchair so he can practice walking, helping him continue to push forward.

    He has three young daughters that help keep him going.

    “When dad goes to work, that is one thing they know. When dad is at work, he is coming home. This one time I almost didn’t. I almost didn’t make it home,” Hooper said.

    Hooper is expected to be in the rehabilitation hospital for a few weeks, but he is confident he will walk again.

    Police are investigating the crash. Officers said toxicology on the driver has not been returned yet.

    For those who wish to help, a fund has been set up in Hooper's name at Chase bank. The account number is 3036026742.