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Oct 7, 2012 10:52 PM

Survivor Of Horrific Crash Talks For The First Time

A man who survived a horrifying crash on a Louisville bridge is talking about it for the first time, as he still mourns his girlfriend who was killed in the accident.

"One moment I'm putting gas in the tank because we ran out of gas on the Sherman Minton and the next minute I hear tires lock and bam!" Recalls Russell Sholl.

Sholl says he looked up and the nightmare continued. "I saw her and she just wasn't moving and she was 40 feet from the car and I knew it was bad, I knew it was bad. I knew she was dead or was going to die," remembers Sholl.

"She" was his girlfriend of three weeks, named Christa. Sholl says it was an unseen force of nature that saved his life. "I know that my mom was with me on that bridge because my mom was murdered about a year and a half ago out in Memphis, Indiana. I feel very strongly that my mom was on the bridge with me that night."

Russell's mother, Brenda Roche, was brutally beaten with a 28-pound rock and stabbed with a box cutter by her husband. He says the emotional scars of this wreck are only half of the pain and constant agony he feels.

Russell has a gash on his shin, a bruise the size of his whole upper leg and cuts on his hands and wrists from the collision. He says Christa was hit first and she was thrown into him, pushing him to the ground. "If she would have been putting the gas in the tank, I would have been standing in her place and I would have been killed," says Sholl. "That's the only thing I wish was done different. I wish that it would of killed me."

As those moments before, during and after the crash continually haunt his mind, there's one detail he can't understand. "It was very dark, a lot darker than it should have been. If it would have been lit up like it should have been, he couldn't see us until he got right up on us and he didn't even see us he said he saw the car."

Sholl says despite his injuries, he's going to be okay.


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