He shouldn't be walking or talking, but "it's by God I'm here today," says SC teen who survived crash

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May 1, 2019

BARNWELL, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- It has been almost a year since a group of teenagers was involved in a deadly crash in Barnwell County. Now one of the survivors is sharing his story.

In almost every way, Luke Pickering is living proof of a miracle.

"It's by God I'm here today, I mean, I shouldn't be walking or talking," said Pickering.

Seeing him play guitar today is a contrast from where he was about 10 months ago.

"I had 20 broken bones, and I had a brain injury," explained Pickering.

It was Luke's senior year at Barnwell High School. After a night of drinking, he and a group of friends were in an accident on July 14, 2018 in Earnhardt, South Carolina. That accident killed 18-year-old Matthew Renew, and injured four others including Pickering. He was nearly killed.

"I was basically dead. I was in a coma for 14 days throughout, and I was stuck in a hospital bed for that amount of time," said Pickering.

Pickering started walking in September and had to relearn almost everything. His recovery is what his doctors said is nothing short of amazing.

"They tell me I was their miracle baby. It means a lot," said Pickering.

It means even more to him now to be able to share his story which is what he does. He shares his story at churches, schools and even driver's education classes.

"Think about things before you do things because it really does matter," said Pickering.

That pain isn't gone, but Pickering is using it for something a lot bigger than himself.

"It changed me for the better," said Pickering.

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