HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - It was supposed to be the perfect day for an ATV ride.
Alex Tedder, 19, and his best friend wanted to test out his new ATV, fresh from the shop. What happened on their joy ride ultimately changed their lives.
“The last place I expected to end up was the hospital,” said Tedder.
Tedder says the two teens tried to cross Holden Bead Road SW, but were hit by a car. The impact nearly killed them; both needed to be airlifted to the hospital. It’s a tragic event that Tedder has no memory of.
“I don’t remember how I ended up, I just woke up in the ICU and I had tubes down my throat. I was confused, that’s how it all started,” said Tedder.
When he woke up, he found part of his left leg was gone. The doctors said it needed to be amputated or he would live with constant pain for the rest of his life. His dad signed the consent papers while he lay unconscious.
“Never would’ve imagined I’d lose my limb,” said Tedder.
Tedder’s friend is still in critical condition at the hospital.
Witnesses say Alex flew about 20 feet after the impact and his friend traveled even further than that.
Even after barely escaping with their lives just weeks ago, Tedder says he’s eager to ride again.
“People may think just because of the four-wheeler wreck that I’m not going to hop back on one," said Tedder. "But I definitely will because I love riding ATVs, dirt bikes, anything that goes fast.”
Tedder started rehab on Tuesday and is finishing up what he hopes to be the last week in the hospital. He knows there’s a long road to recovery, but one that will be a little easier when he can get back on his ATV.