SUFFOLK, Va. - She survived when many thought it was impossible and now she'stelling her story only to WAVY.com.
Two weeks ago, 17-year-old Ciearra Jackson pulled over to theside of the road to fix a flat tire. Police say street racersslammed into the back of her car along 664 in Chesapeake.
One man died in the crash. Medics rushed Ciearra Jacksonand another man to the hospital.
"That's my girl. That's my baby girl," says Tonya Jones, CiearraJackson's mother.
Ciearra is a track superstar.
"Track was my life," says the teen.
Her room is packed with medals and trophies showing the17-year-old's talent, but two weeks ago, the high school senior'sbeautiful smile was transformed into cheeks of crushed bones andbruises. With one phone call, her family's nightmarebegan.
"(The trooper) says, 'She's been in an accident and she's on theside of the road,' and I said okay, where is she? I'll come and gether, and he said, 'No, you don't understand. She's been in ahorrible accident and she's actually laying on the side of theroad. You need to get here now,'" says Tonya.
Tonya never thought she'd find such a mangled mess of cars whenshe arrived on scene. Investigators say a Chevy Impala that wasstreet racing smashed into the back of Ciearra's parked car.
"I just couldn't remember, I couldn't remember any of it,"says Ciearra.
They say the Impala was going nearly 100 miles per hour.
"I tried to move and I'm like ouch!"
Tonya's burning question, would her daughter survive?
"I do remember the nurse saying, your daughter, she's tough,she's going to make it."
Ciearra did make it, all the way home, but she has a long roadto recovery ahead.
"My right cheekbone is shattered all over, so they went in andput a metal plate in I guess and then it holds all my fracturedbones together and my jaw was broken, so my jaw is wired shut,"says Ciearra.
The 17-year-old also suffered two broken hips and broken ribsand now from the comfort of her home, she'll never forget waking upin the hospital.
"I tried to move and couldn't move because it hurt so bad."
That's when this track star asked the question Tonya wasdreading.
"She started to move and she looked up at the doctor and said,can I walk? And so they're asking, do you feel my hands? Can youfeel me touching your toes and she said yes, and so the doctor saidyeah you'll be able to walk. Then she said, can I run? Mymother says I have to get a full scholarship. I have to run,"recalls Tonya laughing. "I said out of everything I've toldyou in your lifetime, that's what you remember at that point intime."
The doctors told Ciearra she might be able to run in a year ortwo. Those were difficult words to hear for a young woman whohoped to go to college on a track scholarship.
"By them hitting me, I feel like my life is just on hold," saysCiearra.
Ciearra is now bed and wheelchair-bound for a time, but she'snot bitter, she's determined. With support from family andfriends, she's got her sights set on a new goal.
"I just want to walk across the stage for graduation."
While Ciearra works on her recovering, police are working thecase. Two other cars involved in the street racing that nightdrove away from the scene. Police are still looking for thedrivers.
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