As she recovers in Carmichael, she said her goal is to return home to her son and get back to everyday life.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It has been nearly two weeks since Lena Adams nearly lost her life. Shortly after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day, Adams was with his family on Main Avenue near Greenback Lane in Orangevale where they set off fireworks.
“My brother came down the street to light some, my cousin, my cousin’s boyfriend, and then I was like, ‘Oh, let me,’ Adams said.
When it was Adams’ turn to light the fireworks, a car drove towards her at high speed. The driver of the car yelled profanities at Adams before crashing into her. The entire incident was filmed.
“I saw people (drivers) passing by who slowed down, who went around our people, around other people – they were slowing down and cruising, but this guy deliberately drove through me,” she said. .
Adams says her heart stopped beating before first responders arrived and performed CPR. She says she is grateful to be alive.
“There was only a dark room I was running into after my pass, then someone dropped a light in the dark room, and that’s where I crawled out and came back to the ER “, she said.
CHP still hasn’t found the driver responsible for hitting Adams, but they say the car believed to be involved is a 2013-2018 Ford C Max. Adams says she hopes the driver will be caught and held accountable for his actions, but she also says she forgives them.
Five months ago, Adams had another near-death experience. She says she had a rollover accident while driving on the freeway. At the site of that crash, she remembers seeing a man she describes as a guardian angel – someone she says she saw again just before she was hit by a car on New Year’s Day.
“I’m like, ‘What is this guy doing here?’ she said. “At that point, it was almost like a calming effect, like, ‘I’ll be fine.
Adams is currently recovering at a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in Carmichael.
“My goal is just to go home with my son and get back to everyday life,” she said. “Obviously it won’t be the same, but get back to work (and) take care of my son.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with expenses related to Adams’ recovery.
COVID outbreak takes its toll on weary hospital workers