Exclusive: Minden teen shares near death experience

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 04/08 2014 11:24PM

Updated 04/08 2014 11:46PM

A Minden teenager is out of the hospital, just three days after a terrible accident on I-20.


Kaerington Wilson, 17, of Minden, was headed to church the rainy weather caused him to flip his mother's Cadillac Escalade off the side of the highway near exit 47.


“I hit the guardrail. It felt like the truck lifted and projected into the air. I pressed myself against the back of the seat,” said Kaerington Wilson.  “I went blank from there until the firefighters were trying to get me out. It was like out of the fast and furious or something.”


Minden firefighters said it took about 30 minutes to get him out of the smashed SUV. They had to use the jaws of life to cut the top off.


His mother, Lakishia Grider, got to the scene shortly after paramedics transported him to University Health.


“My husband and I were just ballistic,” said Lakishia Grider.  “We were looking at the truck and looking at the truck, we just knew he was either dead or paralyzed.”


Wilson survived the accident with a broken arm, and a bruise on his face. He was wearing his seatbelt.


“I just give God all the glory. I don’t feel lucky. I’m blessed,” said Wilson. 


“Because when you look at the truck, there’s no way in the world you’ll think the driver survived and all I had was a broken arm.”


Wilson said he’s grateful witness Julie Walker stopped and called 911.


“The way they say the truck landed and how it landed under the embankment, nobody could’ve saw him and if she wouldn’t have stopped, then he probably would’ve been there and died or something,” said Grider.


The Minden Football player and honor student said he will forever share this testimony.  Wilson said he wants to return to school Wednesday. He plans to attend LSU in the fall to study mechanical engineering.

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