ATV Accident Victim Is Pushing For New Safety Measures

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Pike County man is fighting for his life after an ATV accident.

He is the second family member to be involved in a serious ATV crash.

Now the other victim, a teenager, is taking his ATV safety message to the public.

Dustin Layne-Lawson wasn't wearing a helmet when he crashed two years ago.

Doctors told his family he would never survive.

He did, but his life will never be the same.

Now a cousin crashed on an ATV over the weekend and has serious head injuries.

The teen is sharing his story, in hopes others won't go through the same thing.

18 year old Dustin Layne-Lawson dreamed of going to college and one day being an architect, but now, those dreams will never come true.

“Cause I just got one eye and a I just can't see very good,” Dustin said.

An ATV crash two years ago took Dustin's sight and almost took his life.

Mom Garlene Layne-Abshire says he crashed head-on into another ATV and went flying to the ground.

He wasn't wearing a helmet and the crash broke his skull, caused brain damage, and collapsed his lungs.

“Told us he would not survive the night,” Garlene said.

After seven weeks in a coma, and months of rehabilitation, Dustin can walk and talk, but still has brain damage and isn't expected to fully recover.

“We know if he was wearing a helmet, his injuries would not have been as severe,” Garlene said.

Now the family is dealing with this again.

Another family member, 31 year old Shawn Hunt, had an ATV accident Saturday and is fighting for his life.

Now Dustin is preaching ATV safety.

Dustin may never be an architect, but now he has a new career.

“Save one life, to save it,” Dustin said.

A career he thinks is worth it if people wear their helmets.

Shawn Hunt is in Holston Valley Hospital in Tennessee.

Dustin Layne-Lawson hopes to get some company sponsors to help take his story statewide and convince others to wear helmets.

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