According to a report from WSB-TV, 14-year DeKalb County firefighter Captain David McBrayer spent the last two years working on himself: he lost a hundred pounds, gave up alcohol, and committed to exercising every day. Unfortunately, all of that changed on June 11, when he was driving through Snellville on Centerville Rosebud Road. Another driver was traveling at nearly 100 miles an hour, lost control of their vehicle, and entered McBrayer’s lane, causing an accident that resulted in significant spinal injuries for McBrayer.

At the time of the report, McBrayer continued receiving treatment for his injuries at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He is currently paralyzed from the chest down, unable to walk, and barely able to lift his arm. Doctors predict that it will take years for him to recover, and he is faced with the reality that had he not embarked on his fitness journey, he likely would not have been strong enough to survive the collision. He has obtained support from his department and other fire departments in the region, including personnel from Gwinnett County who were present at Northside Hospital to wish him well as he transferred from the hospital to the Shepherd Center.

The at-fault driver faces a number of charges, including felony serious injury by vehicle. On June 22, warrants were issued for his arrest. However, at the time of the report, he had not yet been booked into the Gwinnett County Jail. McBrayer says he has forgiven the driver, but thinks everyone needs to slow down and stop taking life for granted.

According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 300 people are killed in accidents involving speeding drivers in the state each year. Thousands more are injured. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a speeding driver, an experienced car accident attorney from Cambre & Associates can evaluate your case for free and help you understand the process of seeking compensation for your injury or loss. Contact us.