Arika Stovall was in a devastating New Year's car crash, but when you see the rest of the photo, you'll know why she can't stop smiling in it.
The stunning photo, which thousands of people have shared on social media, shows the moment that Stovall and her boyfriend, Hunter Hanks, were reunited in a Tennessee hospital hours after the crash. The couple, who are both 21, had been driving back home to Nashville, TN, from Jacksonville, FL, on New Year's Day when their car was involved in the terrible accident.
Since Stovall had been sleeping while Hanks drove, the couple hadn't seen each other since before the accident--and were therefore elated to finally embrace at the hospital, where both were recovering from minor injuries.
"For me to see him walking into my room was a miracle," Stovall told ABC News.
The young woman posted the emotional photo to her Facebook account, along with a powerful message about why she believes their lives were spared that fateful day.
Three seconds. That's how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pilar at 85mph. In...Posted by Arika Stovall on Sunday, January 3, 2016
Three seconds. That's how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pilar at 85mph. In...
"I'm overwhelmed at how little damage was done to Hunter and I in a wreck that should have chopped our bodies in half," she wrote. "I'm in awe of the presence of God in this entire situation. Every part of this experience we went through points directly to Him."
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