Head-on wreck leads Fed Ex driver on long road to recovery

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by KREM.com & Honora Swanson

KREM.com

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:11 PM

SPOKANE-- For the first time since a bizarre, wrong-way crash on Spokane’s South Hill, the victim spoke out about the collision.

A driver speeding in the wrong direction caused the wreck, which shut down a stretch of Southeast Blvd. last month and snarled traffic for hours after he slammed head on into a Fed Ex truck.
 
John Hollett had just two more stops before his lunch break that day. The next thing he knew, a car was headed straight for him. A month later, Hollett is not able to return to work.
 
Recovery is a slow process for the Fed Ex driver, but he wants to get back on the job.
 
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” he said. “I’m thinking two more weeks, but I don’t know.”
 
Free time allows Hollett to put much thought into a day that he says changed his life.
 
“The sound of the impact-- that’s going to stay with me for a long time. I watch crashes on TV and kind of jump,” Hollett said.
 
He remembers the wreck clearly.
 
“This car’s in my lane, he’s going really fast, and it’s going to hurt. And then, it hit. It was just that fast,” Hollet said. “The impact was so hard that it knocked my glasses and my hat off, and they were on the street.”
 
Hollett suffered a broke rib, a punctured lung, a scratched liver, and bruised knees. A fellow Fed Ex employee had to make the call to Hollett’s wife after the collision.
 
“I heard her voice, and I went, ‘Something’s wrong,’” Zandra Saez recalls.
 
Police say the other driver, San Luong, was driving far over the speed limit in the wrong direction for an unknown reason. He was badly injured and flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
 
Hollett may never understand why this happened, but if it had to happen, he feels grateful to have been driving the Fed Ex truck. Hollett believes it saved his life.
 
“I’m going to say a prayer the first day I get back in the truck and say thank you,” he says.
 
KREM 2 unsuccessfully tried to contact the other driver. Police have not yet released information regarding charges against him.

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