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Teen Optimistic Following Paralyzing Accident

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Tyler Goodwin2 years ago

On September 5th, a North Texas teenager was left paralyzed from the waist down following a single-vehicle accident.

Details of the North Texas Crash

According to FOX 4 News, Aaron McClelen, 17, was traveling along FM 56 outside of Tolar, Texas when he lost control of his pick-up truck causing it to overturn and roll at least three times.

McClelen’s cousin and his dog were also in the truck at the time of the accident, but neither was injured.

While McClelen remembers little of the accident, he did state that he took his eyes of the road to look at CD cases that his cousin, whom he refers to as his brother, was showing him. Though his eyes were only of the road a short time, the vehicle veered and McClelen overcorrected.

McClelen suffered a broken neck and is now paralyzed; however, he remains committed to recovering his ability to walk despite his surgeon’s diagnosis.

Beyond recovering, the persistent, defiant teen’s biggest concern right now is that teenagers learn a lesson from his mistake.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,534 people were injured in traffic accidents in Texas in 2014 – a 3.7-percent increase from the 3,408 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • 55.86-percent of the traffic fatalities recorded in 2014 occurred in rural areas of the state.
  • Single vehicle crashes accounted for 1,384 deaths in 2014.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in 2014 with 17,152 people suffering serious injuries.


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