Teenage father/son paralyzed, but hopeful, after high speed crash

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Tabitha UrRab is hopeful her 16-year old son, Adams Akins will someday walk again, after he was severely injured Thursday in a high speed crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"Legs right now is not going to happen but we're going to do everything we can to get him on his feet again," UrRab told FOX4. "He remembers ending up in the backseat of the car and he remembers not being able to feel his legs at that point."

It was a sunny spring day. UrRab says Akins had just left school and was headed home when he and a friend in the car next to him started playing a little game.

"There was a little speeding involved. He was going to move up to take the lead. At that point, Adam remembers he went around the kid in the car and he lost control of the car at that point," she explained.

Going more than 60 miles per hour on the 35 mile per hour Truman Road, Akins slammed into Laura Vaughn, Independence Animal Control Officer. Vaughn somehow walked away with minor injuries.

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"He was heartbroken. He asked how she was. He wanted to make sure there were no animals injured," UrRab said.

Akins wasn't so lucky. Doctors at Centerpoint Medical Center first thought Akins severed his spine.

Urrab says surgery showed he only had hairline fractures throughout, giving Akins, who has an 11-month old daughter, hope.

"Hopefully one day he will be able to walk her down the isle," she said.

Urrab says the teenager, laid up in his hospital bed, now has a message.

"Wear your seatbelt. He did not have a seatbelt on. He just wants them to know that, the fact that he didn't have his seatbelt on, that has probably put him in the position that he's in," she said.

Independence Police are still investigating the accident.

Vaughn is suffering from minor pain but doing okay. No animals were in her truck at the time of the crash.

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