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Exclusive: Odessa Apartment Crash Victim Speaks From Hospital

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By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Odessa man who was seriously injured after an SUV plowed through his apartment is speaking out only to NewsWest 9.

Michael Taylor is recovering at Medical Center Hospital, but he's not out of the woods just yet.

Michael was pinned under the vehicle and lost his right eye in that accident, but still he's counting his blessings.

"I was shocked," Michael said. "Next thing I know, I was here at the hospital."

Michael was watching TV on Monday afternoon when a suburban came crashing through his bedroom.

"I thought it was a plane crash and the next thing I knew, a big rush came through," he said.

Police said the driver, John Daniel, was possibly intoxicated when he was speeding down 191, lost control and plowed into the Imperial Crest Apartments.

"I think I was pinned under the right tire," Michael said. "There was a bunch of debris, they had to dig me out."

Michael's wife, Joy, rushed over as soon as she got the call from her son.

"I started seeing all these lights, I'm like 'please God, please God, please God. No, no, no, no," Joy said. "We thank the good Lord he's still here with me."

Two days later, Michael is recovering at Medical Center Hospital.

The impact from the crash was so strong, he lost his right eye and fractured several ribs.

His wife told NewsWest 9 Michael also just had a stroke two months ago.

"What was he thinking, why was he speeding," Joy said, questioning the driver. "I'm trying to be strong for my husband."

Michael has a long road ahead of him. He's not sure when he'll be released but he's taking it day by day.

"We just gotta try to regroup and get another roof over our head and go on with our lives," Michael said. "It's gonna be hard but we'll do it."

Now as they focus on his recovery, Michael and his family just want to say thanks to those who jumped in and helped.

"I was blessed," Michael said.

"Thank you, God bless you, thank you," Joy said.

A donation account has been set up at Complex Community Federal Credit Union.

If you'd like to donate, the account number is 1587100. If you're donating by check you can write "care of Michael Taylor" on the memo line.