LIFE CHANGER: The crumpled wreck that almost killed Wayne Horkings 28 years ago in country NSW. Two of his mates died in the crash.
LIFE CHANGER: The crumpled wreck that almost killed Wayne Horkings 28 years ago in country NSW. Two of his mates died in the crash. Contributed

Wayne still watches from sidelines 28 years after crash

FRESH out of school at age 17, Wayne Horkings was told he would never walk again after a horror car crash changed his life forever.

Fast forward 28 years, and the Brisbane man still recalls the night when a teenage girl behind the wheel careened off a cliff at 160kmh.

Mr Horkings, who speaks of his experiences as part of the Spinal Injuries Association, shared his story during the Queensland Police Service's Road Safety Week.

The campaign ends on Sunday.

He was the designated driver travelling between parties in country New South Wales in 1985.

His mate, who owned the car, said he wanted his girlfriend to drive instead and, succumbing to peer pressure, Mr Horkings handed over the keys.

On a dark and rainy night the driver left the road, rolling the car 150 metres down the bottom of the embankment.

"The boy and his girlfriend had minor injuries, my two good mates in the back had no seatbelts and they died," he said.

"I had my seatbelt on and survived but I broke my neck and bruised my brain."

"I spent three-and-a-half months in a coma and four years in hospital.


"This is my life. I'll never walk again. It's not fair.


"Being in a wheelchair is like being on the sidelines of a sport where you are always the reserve and never get to play.
"You can't walk hand-in-hand with your girlfriend or stand and give someone a cuddle.


"In this day and age I can't believe people are still drink-driving.


"It's about respect, don't drink and drive even it's one drink or 10, alcohol affects everyone differently."
 


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