Merriman at Cherry Hill in Westland was the scene of a bad accident Tuesday afternoon. A reckless driver crashed into a car and flipped it over – with double amputee Richard Wills behind the wheel.
“Took out my front end, flipped my car. I was thrown all around and dangling from my seatbelt. They said if it wasn’t for me coming out of my legs, I probably would have died.”
Dangling upside down, Richard cut himself free from his seatbelt and crawled out the window. His prosthetic legs were crushed in the wreckage.
“It’s cracked. That makes it unsafe. If that moves, it makes it unsafe to walk in.”
That means limited mobility for Richard, who lost his legs in 2009 after spending his whole life in a wheelchair due to a debilitating skin condition. It turns out losing his legs meant a whole new lease on life.
“Wheelchairs don’t really get you around that well, so I wear my fake legs pretty much 12, 15 hours a day. I’m always on them, so they are my life.”
That’s not his only lifeline. His 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier was the other. The car is a total loss.
“I bought her three months ago for $150. I put about $500 into her to keep her running and she was great. Now she’s dead.”
The driver of the car that hit Richard was ticketed for reckless driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license. Richard hopes the guy has insurance, because now he’s got nothing – but he’s not giving up.
“I can fall down the hill and I’m going to crawl back up the hill before I can ask anybody to help me up the hill. It’s just who I am.”
The can-do guy admits this time he really does need a hand.
“Whether it’s a ride back and forth to work or new legs – I need help. I’m not one to ask for it, but I have to.”
“I work a full-time job. I’m just looking for help to keep this full-time job and to be an American citizen the way we’re supposed to be.”
Anyone who can help us get a car or new prosthetic legs for Richard, please let us know. If you’d like to donate to his Go Fund Me page to raise money CLICK HERE.