A Georgia mother of four is thanking God that she and her family survived a head-on collision on May 20 that killed the other driver.
Jennifer Shofner, 36, told WTVC in tears that she is alive today because of a higher power.
“I give it all to God. I really do,” she said. “After it happened, there was just a peace about everything that it was going to work out.”
Shofner and her daughters were on their way back to their Dawsonville home on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. after attending a funeral in Kansas. The other driver, 35-year-old Olivia Craig, was speeding as she was being followed by a Georgia State Trooper, police said.
Craig crossed the center line of the intersection and hit Shofner’s van head-on. Craig, a Chatsworth resident, was driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit when she came to a curve in the road.
Police believe Craig was driving under the influence of drugs. She died from her inuries.
Shofner and her children were injured and transported to the Hamilton Medical Center. Her 11-year-old and 2-year-old daughters were listed in critical condition, and her 9-year-old and 5-year-old daughters were listed in fair condition.
Shofner’s three eldest children suffered broken bones, while the youngest, 2-year-old Presley, suffered a spinal injury and required surgery.
2 yr old Pressley may never be able to jump, run, or play again after head on collision this weekend. Her 3 sisters and mom hospitalized too pic.twitter.com/JbgsPCiL0e
— Brittany Martin (@BrittanyNC9) May 25, 2017
Presley loved jumping on the trampoline and hoped to be a cheerleader when she got older. She may never be able to run, jump, or play sports ever again.
Doctors performed the high-risk spinal surgery on Wednesday, which went “very well,” according to a YouCaring page that was created to help the family pay for their medical expenses.
Shofner said she wants she wants her daughters to learn a lesson from the crash and find reasons to be thankful despite the tragic accident.
“They’re such a blessing by just being here and if you see the accident we shouldn’t be… they have something to give to the world,” Shofner said.
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