"We were just trying to make it to a driveway," Landon Jurca said about the heavy rainstorm he and his fianceé, Dee Simpson, found themselves in on June 5.
The Terre Haute couple were traveling westbound on U.S. 40 around 15-20 mph with blinking flashers on their 1981 Yamaha motorcycle because of the bad weather when they were rear-ended by Donna Brenton, also of Terre Haute. The accident occurred about a quarter of a mile east of the intersection of C.R. 425 W. and U.S. 40 at 3:04 p.m.
"We just got caught in the rain and were trying to get off the road as quickly as possible when we got hit from behind," Jurca said.
The motorcycle, totaled in the wreck, had to be pried out of the grille of the 1993 Mercury Brenton was driving. Brenton was uninjured in the collision but was cited by Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Carter for Driving While Suspended.
Jurca received numerous abrasions on his back and was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, while Simpson, sustaining internal and serious facial and back injuries, was taken to Methodist Hospital.
"We just want to take the time to thank everyone that helped us," Jurca said in a telephone interview with The Brazil Times on Friday from his sister's home just outside of Indianapolis. He is recuperating from his various injuries while traveling to and from Methodist Hospital to visit his fianceé. "Everything happened so fast that I'm not sure who all the emergency personnel were that helped us through this."
Simpson is out of critical care at this time, he said, and beginning the long road to recovery, which includes learning to walk again.
"Dee remembers the faces of the people that helped her into the helicopter, but she doesn't know their names," Jurca said. "I found her trapped between the front tire of the car and the guard rail post. She was hit so hard that she lost her engagement ring. I found it laying next to her."
Jurca plans on making a special trip to Clay County to seek out the people that saved his and his fianceé's lives.
"I want to thank them for all they did for me, and especially Dee," Jurca said. "I just want to thank everybody for all they have done, thank them for all their prayers, for everything."