Ana Wakefield was hit by a stolen SUV on Highway 212 in October 2017.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. — Five years ago, Ana Wakefield, then 21, drove to basketball practice from her home in Clackamas County. Deputies said the driver of a stolen SUV crossed the center line on Highway 212 and crashed head-on into Ana’s car. The 20-year-old suspect, Sequoya Storck, was convicted of assault, impaired driving and flight. Storck was sentenced to eight years.
“I was hit head-on on the freeway by a drunk driver who was also taking five or six different drugs,” Wakefield said.
“A minor and speeding with a stolen vehicle. It was a hit and run so he hit me and left me for dead.
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After recovering from several brain surgeries, two broken legs and a collapsed lung, Wakefield still has a long way to go. She went to the Clackamas County Fire Station to thank the first responders who helped her the day of the accident.
“Firefighters showed up to the scene and cut me with the jawbone of life,” Wakefield said.
“They helped save my life, so I’m here today. I want to spend my fifth birthday telling people that God has put in my life to make a difference.”
Wakefield said she wouldn’t be where she is today without first responders.
“It’s a long road when you have to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, sleep and breathe,” Wakefield said.
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Wakefield touched many lives with his positivity.
A documentary was produced about her life titled “Fight Like Ana”. His father said he was proud of how far he had come.
“Even through this whole ordeal where most of us probably would have been bitter and jaded, myself included, I look up to her, and she has a forgiving heart, she loves life and loves people,” Dave said. Wakefield.
Wakefield said she forgives whoever hit her. Her faith helped her find peace with the situation.
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