Drag Racing Hit and Run Victim, Walking Year After Accident

(Memphis) When Wrechal Curries got to The MED with her 17-year-old son Darreontae Martin the night of May 26, 2011 the prognosis was grim, “They told me it was critical, the next 24 hours would make a difference between life and death. And they were going to have to amputate his leg.”

Darreontae was a 310 pound linebacker for the Sheffield High School Football team.

He was walking across Knight Road with his cousins when he was mowed down by two cars that were drag racing with their lights off.

He was hit by one car and run over by the other.

His legs, arms, ribs and pelvis were all broken.

He was on a ventilator and in the hospital for months.

After he was released late last year he went to Baptist Rehabilitation in Germantown where he had to learn to walk again.

And he did. Martin is now walking slowly with braces on his legs.

He even went to senior prom a few weeks ago.

He missed more than half of the school year but after hard work he will be graduating this Saturday.

He says this year he’s learn “that some mistakes you make , some just happen you have to learn how to get through them,” said Martin.

He will be going to Southwest in the fall with hopes of eventually transferring to Ole Miss.

The drag racing suspects have never been identified.

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