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Couple see each other for the first time after surviving an horrific car accident

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
January 10th, 2016
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This picture is of Nashville, Tennessee couple Arika Stovall and her boyfriend Hunter Hanks. It is a moment that neither of them are likely to forget, seeing each other after surviving a massive car accident where Hunter’s truck was literally torn apart. It is a moment of deep and unwavering love and most of all, a second chance at life.

In a Facebook post, Arika said that she and Hank shouldn’t have walked away from that accident; that essentially, their bodies should have been torn apart in the wreckage that left their car a twisted pile of metal.

The couple in front of the vehicle's twisted remains.

The couple in front of the vehicle’s twisted remains.

But by some miracle, they survived.  The most intriguing and indeed miraculous part of their story is the account Arika gives of what happened after the accident.

It made our hairs stand on end and our brains tingle in the most wonderful way….because some things really are too mysterious for rational explanation.

“I looked straight out the truck and there was a man..bright with a big white beard. No other cars in sight…just this man. He was my guardian angle. He saw me and immediately told me that an ambulance was coming. I jumped out of the car, ran over to Hunters side and just looked at this man. From that moment until Hunter was cut & lifted out of the truck I believe with my whole heart that looking at this man helped me to literally believe in that moment that Hunter was next to me on the road. I don’t know if it was a hallucination or me unconsciously dreaming or a glimpse of heaven…but all I knew in that moment was that Hunter was safe with me. This man..looking at him for a short moment..helped me not witness Hunter being peeled out of the truck. I believe if I saw that I would have had a heart attack. Right when Hunter was actually out and next to me, I asked this man when the ambulance was coming. He told me in just a second. He walked away, I blinked and a flashlight was in my face. The paramedics were there helping me and Hunter and the anxiety and worry if he was okay disappeared because we were in good hands. 

Here is the miracle part: no broken bones, concussions that lasted not even 24 hours, no internal damage and just a  few stitches in my knee and Hunter’s face. Only that after an accident that paramedics wonder how we didn’t die instantly and a truck that looks like it’s been through a tree grinder. We’re both already released from the hospital not even 48 hours after entering. All our belongings in perfect condition besides a few things here and there..and the only thing left behind at the crash scene is Hunters bible open, with a page marked with scripture telling us to not be afraid; Jesus is with us.”

The gorgeous - and very lucky - couple.

The gorgeous – and very lucky – couple.


The definition of the word Miracle is “an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by nature or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.”

Whether or not you believe in a higher power, you’d have to agree that Arika and Hunter’s story of survival is an intriguing one, and goosebumps-inducing in the best kind of way.  A bona fide, real miracle.

Have you ever encountered a miracle? We’d LOVE to hear about it.