|Published:||Nov 07, 2013 10:30 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 07, 2013 11:37 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, FL.--A young woman tells WINK News she needs to learn to walk again after a violent, fiery crash left her severely burned.
Her story is incredible, she was in the car with a high-profile figure in southwest Florida.
We're talking about Patrick Logue, a former real estate developer and founder of "First Home Builders".
Logue died in that wreck back in september when police say he was driving drunk at twice the legal limit and slammed into a tree.
"i just lived like any normal 28 year old would," said Susan Reynolds.
Reynolds was a free-lance copy writer, an avid exerciser and loved walking her dog.
But all that changed after she came extremely close to death.
"I was in chronic pain for about two months. It was just like a burning kind of paine. Head to toe pain," said Reynolds.
Reynolds barely made it out of a fiery car crash in September and nearly 70% of her body was severely burned.
"I woke up in the hospital. I remember the accident so I knew why I was there in the hospital," she said.
Police say Reynolds was in the passenger seat as Patrick Logue lost control of his car on Rose Garden Road in the Cape.
They say the car spun around, slammed in to a tree and exploded in flames.
Logue died and police say people nearby pulled Reynolds out of the car.
After spending months in a Tampa burn center, she's finally home.
"I had a bunch of grafting procedures and those are extremely painful to recover from," said Reynolds.
The road to recovery so far has been tough because Reynolds overcame blood infections and severe fevers.
And now she has to re-learn even the most basic tasks.
"Walking is something that I basically have to re-learn, I have to remember to hold my head up," she said.
Reynolds says this entire experience is making her a better person.
"I think so because I have been through a lot of pain and i've realized that I can get through the most painful situation," she said.
Doctors say it's going to take at least a year before Reynolds will fully recover from her burn injuries.
Her attorney, Randall Spivey, hired a private traffic investigator who says Logue was driving at a very high rate of speed when he lost control.
"He determined that Mr. Logue was going at a very high rate of speed when he was on that curve and lost control," said Spivey.
Reynolds is now pursuing a civil lawsuit against Logue's estate.