Updated: Oct 31, 2022
Submitted by: LeQuintes H.
"Thank you so much for this opportunity and for providing a space for us to share our story! I have attached photos from the accident as well.
*WARNING: sensitive content/trigger warning. Please be advised before continuing*
Hello my name is LeQuintes and this is my story..
WELL WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS:
On October 22, 2019 I stopped at a local corner store before heading to a friend's house. When I left the store a gentleman, who was in the store as well, made a U-turn and started following me.
Once I realized that I was being followed, I panicked. I couldn't think of who to call or what to do so I just drove hoping we would pass a police car.
We passed up other cars in traffic, and sped through stop signs going between 40 and 50 miles per hour. I drove through a gas station parking lot to avoid an oncoming red light. As we were speeding down a street named Jefferson Street.
I remember looking in my rearview mirror, and seeing the lights of the car chasing me. I heard a loud pop and everything turned black. I could barely move. I kept telling myself to stay calm, and to breathe through my nose, out of my mouth. I heard the sound of voices telling me to stay calm. I also heard my car door being pried open. I felt my body get lifted out of my car, and placed into an ambulance. I remember seeing and hearing the voices of doctors and nurses, but I didn't understand what they were saying. I still didn't know what happened or what was wrong with me, but before I knew it I was given medication that put me to sleep. The dream that I had seemed real. I couldn't see anything, but I heard my grandmother's voice which told me that it isn't my time yet.
I woke up to my brother and father standing beside my bed. I tried to ask what was going on and I also tried to get up, but I couldn't talk, and the nurses ran over to my bed and held me down.
After waking up again, from the medication that I was given, I finally got the answers to my questions. The loud pop that I heard was from a gun. The bullet went through my back windshield, came through my head rest, and hit me on the left side of my head. The car that I was driving crashed into an interstate pillar, and was shot multiple times. I also learned that I had been asleep for a few days, and the doctors were telling my family that they had done all that they could do. The doctors, nurses, and my family were amazed that I woke up.
October 22, 2022 will be 3 years since that terrible event. I have learned to walk, and talk again. The bullet hit me on the left side of the brain, which controls the right side of the body so I had to learn how to use the entire right side of my body again. My right kneecap was broken, and I suffered 12 fractured ribs from the accident, but I was only shot once. I still have a 40 cal. bullet in my head, but a piece of the bullet shard worked its way out last year and I have it encased in a crystal. Mistake in identity is the reason I was shot allegedly, but God is the reason that I'm still here to tell you that you can make it too. "
LeQuintes I want to thank you personally for submitting your story.. I am so sorry you had to experience this life threatening event but I thank God you are still here. They may have mistaken your identity but God gave you this story/journey for a reason.
Remember if you need anything or help with getting in mental health services for PTSD, Trauma, & Grief, please let me know. I will be happy to assist you.
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