For many months in 2006, Don Crane didn't think he would ever get to walk his daughter down the aisle. She wasn't even expected to live.
But just more than a week ago, his daughter, Kerri, did walk down the aisle on the arm of her father -- and in view of the man who saved her life on a fateful day exactly seven years earlier.
On Dec. 7, 2006, Kerri Crane was on her way from Lebanon to drop off a paper at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. There had been a fatal accident on northbound I-65, and Kerri, southbound on the interstate, had to stop in traffic for a Lifeline helicopter to land. That is when a distracted semi driver rammed into her Chevy Cavalier at full speed, crushing it to one quarter of its original size.
Indiana State Trooper Kyle West was responding to the initial accident when he witnessed the semi hit Kerri's car. The impact also crushed a passenger car in front of Kerri into a semi stopped in front of it. West ran to the first car, passing by Kerri's because the way she was positioned, he didn't think there was any way she had survived. After stabilizing an infant in the first car, West was walking back past the Cavalier. He heard a gurgle and saw Kerri's chest moving. She was breathing.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.