A popular radio show host said he will never take his life for granted after surviving a wrong-way crash on Georgia Highway 400.
B98.5’s Kelly Stevens spoke exclusively on-camera with Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday. After weeks of recovery, doctors may release him from their care this week, but he can't put any weight on his left side for at least eight weeks after breaking his leg.
“I remember everything. I remember not only the sounds, the sights, the smell, the taste. It was just the most horrific thing to go through,” Stevens said.
He also has a broken arm, ribs and vertebrae.
With his fiancée, Katie, by his side, Stevens explained the Aug. 24 crash where, police said, 22-year-old Carlyn Royball crashed into him and died.
“That is the saddest part of this, is that somebody lost a life. That's difficult to deal with,” Stevens said.
Stevens said Royball's father has reached out to him, but he gets too emotional to talk about their loss.
“I’m going to wait until I'm a little stronger and I'm a little better, and I know it's a tough time. I can’t even imagine,” Stevens said.
But he said the crash has given him a new outlook on life. Channel 2’s Craig Lucie was there when Stevens proposed to his girlfriend from his hospital bed.
“I'm the luckiest man in the world,” Stevens told her.