A man survived a collision in Douglasdale. Stuart Davies, a man with a newfound lease on life, recently survived a harrowing crash that brought him face to face with his mortality. On August 25, while en route to visit a friend, his White Hyundai Elantra was struck from behind by a high-speed BMW on Douglas Drive in Fourways.
Recalling the terrifying incident, Davies said, “My friend and I had just enjoyed a lovely meal at Picollinos and were on our way to visit a friend. As we were turning off the main road, a car collided with us from behind.”
The crash left Davies unconscious and with a gash on his head. His friend suffered significant head injuries and was understandably shaken by the ordeal. Fortunately, paramedics swiftly arrived at the scene to attend to their injuries.
Despite the traumatic experience, Davies maintains a remarkably positive outlook. He even took selfies while in an ambulance after regaining consciousness. Davies says these photos served as a way to let his friends know he was alive and still enjoying life even after a close brush with death.
He shared a profound perspective on the incident. He stated, “I feel like sometimes after these incidents we get lost in the drama of ‘Oh, this or that happened to me’ and forget that what happened has forced you to look at your life in a way you could never have imagined. I almost died. Okay, cool, what do I really value, who do I really want to be, am I living the way I want to? Well, I almost died and I saw my ancestors and Jesus, and they sent me back laughing. So, I smile and become more myself, on a whole new level.”
Regarding the BMW driver responsible for the collision, Davies expressed his attempts to reach out. However, the complex legal and liability systems in place hindered meaningful communication. Despite this, he lamented the loss of compassion in a society prioritising processes over the humanity within them.
Davies remains deeply grateful for his second chance at life and the unwavering support from loved ones. He is currently on the road to recovery, accompanied by his friend at home.
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