Over a month later, I-520 crash victim Nancy Lewis slowly pulling life back together

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

It was one of the deadliest wrecks in years in Augusta.

In January, four people died in a wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway blamed on racing.

The Lewis family was on the way from their hometown of Midville to Augusta when a truck flipped on top of their car, killing two people inside.

Two others died in the pickup.

News 12's Diane Cho sat down with one of the women who miraculously survived that accident to see how the family is doing.

Looking at the wreckage, it's hard to tell anyone could make it out of that car alive.

But Nancy Lewis did.

She was hurt so badly it took her almost two weeks to realize that her 12-year-old daughter and her sister Gloria were both dead.

"Sometimes when I ride down the road I get kind of, you know, scared," she says.

All because of what happened on January 29th, when officers say Lawrence James Skinner was racing Christopher Bush down Bobby Jones Expressway.

Officers say that made Skinner lose control of his truck and flip on top of the Lewis' Kia.

"The last thing I remember was us leaving here towards Augusta then I don't remember anything else," Nancy says.

The accident left her with a broken leg and a shattered pelvis, and, on top of it all, pain and frustration as she struggles to do one of the most unconscious acts the human body performs.

"I try to put the walker aside and walk on my own," Nancy says.

Her sister Joyce remains at MCG.

Initially it was believed that Joyce would be paralyzed for the rest of her life, but she has now taken a turn for the better.

"At one point it wasn't looking good, it's going to be a slow process, but she'll come around," Nancy says.

Despite it all, Nancy says she has no feelings of animosity towards the only man who was able to walk away from the accident, who also may be partly to blame for it.

"At first I did but then I thought about it, and no. No," Nancy says.

And she credits her religion with her ability to forgive him.

"You just got to forgive people because I want God to forgive me."

Nancy has set her own goal to be off the walker in 3 months.

Doctors will only say that she's making good progress.

Four people died as a result of this accident: 37 year old Gloria Lewis from Midville, 12 year old Tyroneesha Lewis from Midville, 43 year old Lawrence Skinner from Augusta, and 45 year old Janice Stout from Augusta.

Christopher Bush is the only person charged in the accident.

He faces 4 counts of vehicular homicide and 1 count of reckless driving.

He is out on bond.

Bush told News 12 he was trying to stay away from the pickup driver and moved over to let him pass. He also says he feels for the lewis family, and said skinner should not have been on the road.


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