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So I have been a member on here for quite some time and thought I would post my video and story of my accident. Its initial purpose was to show others that they are NOT invincible on the road...or in life. Anything can happen to anyone at any one given moment and you are NEVER in full control of whats going on around you.

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In April 2005, most of the month consisted of 60-70 degree weather...that is until Saturday the 23rd. This is where the nice weather ended and my story begins...the story of one young, stupid, unlucky, 19 year old. My name is Ryan Moss, currently 21 going on 22. I Graduated from Brighton in 03'. At the time of my accident, I was 19, the great age where the young adult population thinks & feel that they are invincible. I am here to tell you that you aren't invincible by any means, no matter how old or young you may be.

I am happy to say, I am one of the few lucky people who have owned a SRT-4. I had a black 2005 SRT-4 with the "normal" bolt-ons & turbo kit. To say the least, it was quick. I purchased this car on December 29th, 2004...meaning this car was not even 4 months old when it was totaled. The day started out with overcast skies and had a couple scattered rain clouds. There was a warning in effect for freezing rain later that night. Since I bought the car, I treated it like I would a child. I was very partial to let people driving it, but for some reason, I did not feel like driving my car at all that day. I guess I should've listened to that "little voice". 3 of my friends and I planned to meet a few girls at an Applebee's restaurant, off of Milford Rd. & I-96, for a late lunch that afternoon...the last place that I can fully remember before my accident. The restaurant was about 15 minutes away from my friend Garrick's house, where we all met to car pool. My friend Adam and I rode in my car, in which I let/made him drive. Garrick and my other friend, Joe, took Joe's 98' GSX. While we were eating lunch, we all noticed a hostess checking me out. We finished our lunch and planned on heading back to Garrick's house which was in Brighton. I handed Adam my keys again, and told him I'd be out in a second...I stopped and talked/ flirted with the hostess a little. (Yes, I got her number!) Adam decided that he'd start my car but let me "show off" my car and let me drive out of the parking lot and back to Garrick's. I walked out the door and saw Adam buckled up in my passenger seat, so naturally I hopped into my driver seat. We proceeded to pull out of the parking lot onto the main road, which is the very last memory I had of that day.

Once on the main road, the entrance to the expressway is about 100 yards or so. Once we were on the expressway, a silver 2000 Camaro SS drove by in the left hand lane. This happened just as it started to sprinkle, and I mean it was barely doing that. I quickly caught up the Camaro with Joe and Garrick following behind. I noticed the very cute, young blonde in the passenger smiling...so I decided to give you a little more to smile about. I was in the center lane and the Camaro was in the left...I downshifted and decided to edge him on to a harmless run on the expressway...a race, to be technical. If you know anything about SRT-4s, you know they are COMPLETE torque monsters! When I downshifted, I decided to drop it into 3rd, rather than 4th. My wheels spun for about a second then caught traction. We immediately went from 70mph to a good 95+mph...and seeing that I was actually pulling on him, I decided to keep it going. A car was up ahead of me, so it was either quit or pass the car on the right; I went for the pass. Just as I passed the car, my car hydroplaned and I let off the gas which brought our speed back to the 70-75mph range. At that moment, my ass-end literally floated to the sideways, and we were sliding sideways down the expressway doing 70mph. We quickly caught a dry patch of pavement which sent us off the right side of the expressway down into a ditch...and sent the car airborne crashing through a young tree. This tree shoved the FMIC into the block and stalled the car out...no power steering or brakes. When the car landed, I somehow managed to turn the car to the left so it was parallel with the expressway. Because of the low profile tires, the tire blew and the rim dug into the ground...at the same exact time we crashed into a pile of brush. The combination of the 2 sent the car into a roll. When the car landed, it did not land flat on the roof but instead landed right on the driver's side A-pillar bringing the roof down to steering wheel level. Just as you might think, my face met the roof. For all of you who do not know me, I'm 6'5, so I literally "face planted" into it. The car rolled another 4.5 times, sliding about 30 or so yards on its roof. To say the least, Adam and I were lucky at this time because the car stopped in the middle of a "U" of trees. Adam opened his eyes to the amazement of what just happened and quickly looked over to me. He saw a vision that is said to be one of the worst things ever seen or imaginable...I was hanging lifeless from my seat, bleeding out of every orifice on my face, with the size of my head comparable to a NBA basketball. He crawled out of his window, which was still full shape, to check if the car was on fire and call 911. To his amazement, the car was not on fire and his feelings & emotions were overwhelmed with adrenaline and fulfilling his need to save my life.

Joe and Garrick came running to my car. Garrick tended to Adam and Joe jumped into my car to try tending to me. I was unconscious, so Joe cautiously awoke me. I apparently started twisting and moving around but with the sight of my injuries, Joe yelled at me to stop moving. I listened to him as if I was a toddler playing some sort of game. When the paramedics arrived, they immediately called for a Med-Flite. The firefighters and paramedics encountered the biggest decision...cutting the door apart to pull me out as safely as they could, or pull me out from the back window on the driver side. They decided to exit me through the rear due to time and the sustained injuries (the massive amount of blood loss being the biggest at the time). Within 5 minutes of take-off, the Med-Flite returned to the hospital to the weather that took a sudden turn for the worst, It was now showering a mixture of snow and freezing rain with large gusts of wind. The officers arrived to close all 3 lanes of the highway. The paramedics were nervously arguing if they were to transport me to the University of Michigan hospital that was about 20-30 minutes (normal driving) away or Beaumont Hospital that was approximately 40 minutes away. They decided to go with Beaumont because of the better trauma center the hospital had. Part of the decision to do so, was to stop at a class 3 (1 being the most extreme/best) trauma hospital on the way to start initial assessments to my injuries.

Joe finally found my cell phone at this time and told me mom where I was being transported, leaving out the decision to transport me to Beaumont afterwards. My mom knew that the Providence Hospital was not a serious hospital and expected that outcome of me. First, the doctors cut a tracheotomy into my throat to allow my to breath since my mouth (along with me eyes) were literally swollen shut to the point I was barely able to breath. After a couple CT scans, MRIs, and X-Rays, the doctors finally knew what they were dealing with. In all, I had collapsed my right lung, fractured my C5 &C6 (mid-lower neck) vertebrate and misplaced my C7(lower neck) vertebrate posterior by ~1/2 cm, and massively bruised my T-Spine (the part of the spine that starts at shoulder level & ends midway down your shoulder blade) as well. I had lost approximately 3.5-4 (~1/2 of my total blood in my body) pints of blood by this time and knew they had to go internally to stop the bleeding. The worst was just now being learned...I separated my upper jaw literally into 2 pieces (top-bottom), fractured both eye sockets, and separated my front 1/2 of my face away from the skull. I also pierced my upper sinus cavity as a result to the broken/smashed/misplaced facial structure. My mom arrived and kindly did what any mother would do, ask to see her son. They denied the request at first without any explanation knowing the way I looked and realizing her emotions weren't of a parent that knew the truth of what happened. After a lot of screaming, the doctor came out to my friends and family and explained all of my injuries. My mother's body literally went limp as a result of the doctor's sentence "There is not an expected outcome of his injuries that he will survive through the night". This compiled her heart because 9 months earlier, our family lost my father (her ex) to a work accident. Knowing I had to get to Beaumont very quickly, 5 State Troopers made the decision to lead the ambulance down the highway in a "flying-v" formation, clearing away traffic.

I arrived at the hospital with another pint loss of blood. Another pint or even less, I would be dead. I was rushed into surgery right away. I had undergone the first of 3, 8 hour facial reconstructive surgeries. Within the time of prepping me and stopping the bleeding, I lost another half pint of blood...the total being 5.5 pints (~2/3 total blood loss). Over the next 5.5 weeks I was in the hospital, I had 3 'L' plates surgically placed in my mid-face structure secured with 17 screws. I also had an egg shaped plate placed into my right eye socket. Because of the injuries sustained to my upper jaw, my mouth was wired shut for a total of 9.5 weeks. I wore a neck brace for a total of 12 straight weeks then had another month of wearing it whenever I was in a car. When I was first discharged from the hospital, I was walking with a cane, wearing an eye patch (I had major double vision in my right eye) and had to wear my neck brace. It was not fun being 19 and going shopping with your mother a month later having kids point at you and giggle/laugh or ask their parents why you were so "different". I hated myself and my actions at this point in life. I lost a total of 46 pounds within the 5.5 weeks I was admitted into the hospital. In total, I've undergone over $50,000 worth of dental work...18 root canals, 23 crowns, 1 extraction/implant, and a gum surgery where they literal had to slice my gums and pull them down to meet my teeth. A year later to the day, I was discharged again from Beaumont from the surgery I had that included 6 screws, 2 rods, and 1 lateral link. It was back to wearing the neck brace for another month. In November of 2005, I had an eye lid surgery that stopped my droopy upper eye lid on my right eye. I was back to wearing a patch for a week.

If thought the physical injuries were bad, they don't even add up to the mental ones. I had to have my mom dress me, shower me, wipe my behind after going to the bathroom, tying my shoes (I could not bend over because of the surgeries), give me my medication, hold my arm while walking to make sure I did not fall over, and most of all...drive me around and make the "rules" that I had once moved away & escaped from. I was helpless again...I felt like a toddler all over again. Add all of that to the fact you know your face looks substantially different...but you're too afraid to look and accept what your carelessness did. You can barely talk to the point people understand you because you jaw is wired shut. You pee the bed again from the side effects from the medication and having a total of 3 catheters in & out of you in 5.5 weeks. Not done? How about the loss of an estimated 4-6% of your brain? That sounds about right. All of this with the guilty conscience of stupidity, immaturity, and the thought of being invincible. All for what...to show off to a girl. Was it worth it? I'll answer that in a bit...

So you might be wondering what happened to Adam, if anything. He walked away with only 5 stitches and some embedded glass in his scalp. I thank the Lord everyday that is was me and not him. I started driving again in October of 2005 and am now just getting back to working again (February 2007). My day-to-day life is 99% the same as before but I do at time have hard time remembering certain words when talking. I also combine words at times (example: instead of yellow hummer...it came out yummer). My short term memory is quite bad and my multi-tasking skills are pretty much non-existent. I was currently 6 weeks away from graduating Pennsylvania Culinary Institute when I got into my accident and cannot go back and finish due to my neck injuries and the lack of multi-tasking skills. I'm still in a struggle with my (car) insurance company every week for what they are to pay or not. Luckily I do not have to pay any accident related medical expense for the rest of my life due to having coordinated medical insurance on my car insurance when I got into my accident. I am also yet to get back into any college/ university but am planning to start in the fall semester going towards one of 3 career possibilities at this time (nurse, elementary teacher, or liberal arts degree towards an HR job). So, do I regret everything?

There is a part of me that regrets my stupidity and my actions, yes, but everything that I have learned and come-to-be in the outcome of everything, never! I have matured more than anyone could deem possible and have really realized what the true meaning of life really is. I thank God everyday for sparing my life to the despair of my doctors, nurses, friends, and family to this day. I could go on and on about this story and go more in depth about what I've learned, but just know that life IS too short and is even more valuable...to not only you, but others around you. If any of this made you think, please keep racing and speeding to the track. The results of injury to yourself or others are not worth the small amount of adrenaline and excitement one gets lining up next to an opposing driver on the street. Just like anything and everything in life, there is a time and place.

Thank you,
Ryan Moss
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Ryan:

Glad you are still with us. Somehow this obviously has changed you. I am sorry you and your family and friends had to go through all of this, but you have turned a very serious incident into a powerful message. I commend you for that. I may be able to help spread your message on a larger scale. I will PM you.
 

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I have posted this on a few sites where persons are known to street race or just perform high speed runs.

I was in awe at the video.. reading it just makes me realize even more how thankful I am that I matured before I was injured while playing on the streets.

Track only now (normally, Norwalk Raceway Park)
 

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I told you how i feel about this already, but again, its just amazing to read your story.
 

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Thanks for your post Ryan. I'm in Canton and have driven through that area many times in the last week.

Had a funeral mass in Hartland this past Thursday for my neice and nephew who passed away in a car accident in Illinois and lived out your way, Keith and Sheila Young, both in their early 20's.

You're totally right. Life is precious and it can be taken away in a split second.

There's a reason you're still here, maybe to tell people your story.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your neice and nephew! Thank you to all who have responded back and left replies.

I left out a part on purpose, but you would assume I would've learned all of this about life 9 months prior when I burried my father ON his 41st birthday. Unfortunately, but fortunately, it tok this too happen...the fortunate being the amount and time I learned. I don't think I would've realized and treat life like I do if it wasn't for this accident and the life that was spaired by the Lord above!

I know there's a reason I'm still here, and I'm certainly trying to figure it out day by day...but maybe I already figured it out without knowing...who knows???
 

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I posted this on a site where there are alot of 15-16 year olds that are about to start driving.

I was looking at the pictures and I was amazed that you lived through it and recovered as well as you did. Really scares me being 18 and having this invincible feeling.

The day after I read this, I decided to max out the car at 3am ... very dumb move. Nothing bad happened but I still regret it.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your neice and nephew! Thank you to all who have responded back and left replies.

I left out a part on purpose, but you would assume I would've learned all of this about life 9 months prior when I burried my father ON his 41st birthday. Unfortunately, but fortunately, it tok this too happen...the fortunate being the amount and time I learned. I don't think I would've realized and treat life like I do if it wasn't for this accident and the life that was spaired by the Lord above!

I know there's a reason I'm still here, and I'm certainly trying to figure it out day by day...but maybe I already figured it out without knowing...who knows???
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I may sound harsh but at 10 i buried my father at 36 . it was me and my mom and my brother alone
in this harsh harsh world so maybe I never had the chance to be a reckless teenager or try to impress
a pretty blonde by speeding and racing i just don't understand it at all..

I am truely sorry what happen to you but thank the Lord and jesus christ no innocent
people died..
 

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thats quite a story.

1 q tho.. who is ur surgion. im looking for someone in the area to do another reconstructive on me. i had one done in 05 at childen's in detroit but she kinda didnt think about my temple caving in. and id like to get the best. i tried to get dr. ian jackson in southfield but he is super busy. the work ur doc did is remarkable.
hope to meet you one of these days.

btw.. u know where woodward ave is.. u ever cruise up there on weekends?
 

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Thank you for sharing your story. This post is now pinned. :thumb:

I hope this is an inspiration to many, many others.

Glad you are with us.
 

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Wow.... Thank you for having the curage to tell your story, and thank the Lord for being here... I hope many people read this and think twice. Good luck in your continued recovery!


Racing is for the track.... Crusing is for the streets
 

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i have a brother who had a similar incident 2 years ago......physically, he's almost as capable as before (one eye is completely blind) but mentally, he's a totally different person.....he went from a giving, considerate, responsible guy to a total jerk and that's just who he is nowadays......it still breaks my heart how things turned out.....he was only 20 when it happened and had a future but i'm pretty sure he'll turn into his father now; a useless addict with NO dreams to speak of..............

people often forget the MENTAL toll an accident can take on you, even if you're totally fine physically......

glad you made it out alive and able to live life the way you want......i'd have traded an arm or leg to prevent it ever happening to my brother....he's not the same and we're not close anymore.....live and learn though....the smart ones learn from the mistakes of others
 

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I don't want to be like everyone else and just say.. i feel sorry... good your still with us.. blah blah. you made a mistake and this was the result.. i'm sure your a good guy and it's a big misfortune this happened.. i used to be the same way.. in my first car i acquired about 7 tickets.. in 3-4 months.. i got stopped going 125 on a highway posted at 60 mph... and i've had MANY close calls.. and ran a few people off the road.. that was when i was 17

i'm 21 now.. and have 13 tickets, but i can honestly say that i've calmed down.. i've lost a few good freinds to thier wreckless driving.. alot of money, and a few cars (no wrecks.. just over-worked them)

to add to your message.. i used to be one of those who'd show off.. when i was alone i drove perfect.. when i had someone with me.. or a cutie next to me.. i went insane.. it's all a big joke now with my freinds and family but i'm lucky to still be here today, i can't even count all the close calls. shoulder dodges, quick brakes, and all the times i've almost been run over by semis while flying by at 110 mph..

drive carefull.. there's a place for fun and place for business.. know where it goes..


but in the end.. yes i'm glad your still with us.. and yes it does make me feel bad for you, but as they say.. bad things happen to good people.. just keep in touch with your freinds and family the best you can.. and just look to the future.. everything will work out in one way or another.




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Quite a testimony. I am glad I read this. Even though i never street raced anyone, I often get urges to do so with the G35.
But as soon as I hit the gas, I realize that it simply is not worth it; no need to prove a point. life is short and fragile with unexpected twist and curves.

thank you for sharing this with all of us.
 

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I found your story to be absolutely amazing. I know that there are many kids at my school that race and/or drive fast to impress girls. Anybody who streetraces should read your story to see what it can do to them. no matter how good of a driver you are, there is no way to make your invincible to this. Your story is inspiring. This can prove to be a good lesson to any street racers. Take it to the Track.
 

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I know this is a somewhat old topic, But I finally decided to post here.

Ryan,

I'm personally very touched by your story. I've been a long time fan of SRT's - I owned one for about a year, I know 2 people in my local area who have died while driving their SRT's (both were being VERY stupid behind the wheel)

I wanted to let you know that your story needs to be heard by alot of people. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to share this story with my local SRT forum if you don't mind. Maybe it can save a life.

Again, I'm glad that things are more back to normal for you, and I'm even more glad that innocent people didn't die. Powerful cars, racing, and wet roads are a deadly combo.
 

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Thanks, you made me realize why I drive a Taurus, I do not trust any other car with my life, but a Taurus/Sable.
 

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I know what you've been through as I've been through it myself in a similar situation but I wasn't the driver. I had to have a rod put all the way through my left humerus (large single upper arm bone), and my nose was almost ripped off of my face. The people in the emergency room were amazed that I didn't have worse damage, as I WASN'T wearing a seatbelt and ALL of the windows on the work truck I was in were open because the A/C didn't work. The guy in the front seat went out the window in the accident and the truck rolled over him and killed him on the scene. The other guy that was with me had his left ankle SNAPPED in two, his foot was literally just flopping around when they took him out of the truck. I was last because they had to pry the door open to get me out. But I walked out. They actually said if I wouldn't have been such a large person (6' 4" and about 400lbs) that I would have likely gone out the window or been dead from all the hits I took while the vehicle was rolling into the woods. I had bruises on my bruises and was out of work for about a year and a half. My left arm still isn't 100% but it works pretty well. My humerus got broken in 2 places. The top break healed perfectly, but the bottom one was stubborn and healed in a huge ball of bone, so the muscles get sore easy from rubbing against it. They say I don't need any more work on it, but I think it will need to be sawed down or something because it hurts a lot when I use it too much (which is all the time). My nose healed to where you can't really tell it was damaged so bad. If you are interested I have a few pictures I can send you if you'd like to see what I went through.
 
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