SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Jimmy and Jaden Jasper both say they're different people...a year after a crash they say changed their lives.
"Everything happens for a reason. I know there's a good reason why this happened," said Jaden.
Jimmy was driving and Jaden was in the front seat when they ran off Pumphouse road and into a fence on March 5, 2013. They were on their way home from volleyball practice at Jaden's school. Nearly a dozen planks pierced their SUV and impaled both.
"They said if I would have had my left leg down, it would have cut it off. I would have bled to death in a matter of seconds," said Jaden.
Hours after the wreck a friend started a Facebook page that eventually thousands "liked." They say prayers were said, and Jaden recovered from head trauma her family feared would kill her.
"I remember a speck of white. Getting bigger then I was dancing on a cloud. And then God appeared and said 'it's not your time yet,'" she said.
Jimmy's injuries were not as serious but months after the crash his blood tests showed he was drunk. He later pleaded guilty to assault and says he takes full responsibility for his actions.
"It definitely woke me up. I've seen the light. Been in the light. God gave me a chance. Saved me," said Jimmy Jasper.
He's under house arrest and probation but says others are already learning from his mistakes.
"I've got friends who are slowing down and quitting drinking due to that wreck," he said.
Jaden says she's got a testimony, too.
"You have to go through the worst days to get to the best days," she said.
They say it's a story of healing, mercy and forgiveness they want many others to know.