DeKalb County

It could be 9 months before mother walks after head-on crash

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — A DeKalb County mother was nearly killed in a head-on crash while driving down to Florida for spring break.

The crash happened in Eufaula, Alabama, more than 150 miles from the woman's home in Stone Mountain.

The driver of a Ford F-150 crossed the median and collided head-on with Kimette Grice’s car.

"My worst nightmare happened. The first thing we saw was a picture of the accident, I see her car. I thought my mom was gone. I thought my mom was gone, because they would not tell me anything," daughter Ashleigh Blanton told Channel 2's Chris Jose.

Ashleigh first told us her story last Tuesday, three days after the wreck.

She gave Jose pictures of her mother who is still listed in critical condition at an Alabama hospital.

“We got on Google, we looked up Eufaula, and as soon as we looked up the city, her picture was there, her car crushed. My world was turned upside down at that very moment. I passed out here, on this lawn, because I thought my mom was gone,” Blanton said.


Blanton and her boyfriend returned to Stone Mountain for a few hours on Sunday afternoon.

The have since returned to Alabama -- helping Grice -- who was moved from intensive care, but is still recovering with two broken legs, blood clots and a shattered arm.

“I'm just trying to figure out why. What could have happened to make him do that? I'm not even upset. I’m not even angry at all. Anything could've happened. But I’m glad that she's here,” Blanton said.

Doctors said it could be nine months until the Grice can walk again.

The driver of the F-150 is out of the hospital. Police are waiting to for toxicology results to come back to determine whether or not the driver was drunk at the time of the wreck.

The passenger in Grice's car is still recovering in Alabama.

Blanton told Jose that the best-case scenario is her mother will be transferred to an Atlanta area hospital this week.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Grice's medical expenses.