Savannah Chrisley fractures vertebrae in car crash, opens up about frightening series of events
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/18/2017
Savannah Chrisley survived a serious car accident on Monday and is thanking her lucky stars.
Todd Chrisley, star of E!'s reality series Chrisley Knows Best, was the first person to disclose that his daughter was involved in a frightening car accident that left her with a fractured vertebrae in her neck as well as several bruises and burns from airbag deployment.
"It's the worst feeling in the world to get a call late at night while sleeping to hear on the other end that your child has been involved in a serious car accident and that you need to come to the hospital immediately. That's the call we received this morning about our daughter Savannah," Todd told E! News in a statement.
"We have a six-week recovery period and we are all so thankful to the good Lord above for His grace and mercy," he said, humorously adding in true Todd fashion, "Everyone look out for the girl wearing the helmet and riding a tricycle down the highways going forward."
Savannah crashed her white, four-door vehicle into a guardrail during a rainstorm. She posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a neck brace in the hospital on Tuesday, and bruises were apparent on her forehead and shoulder.
As part of her caption, the Atlanta-based beauty pageant queen revealed, "I got in a car accident early Monday morning because my floor mat had gotten stuck behind my pedals so I looked down for a brief second to try and get it out of the way and then I realized that I was headed straight towards the guardrails... I tried to over correct but it didn't help."
Savannah described her emotional state after the wreck by focusing on the following quote: "The only way God can show us he's in control is to put us in situations we can't control."
"I can truly say that I now FULLY understand the meaning of this quote," she wrote alongside it. "The past couple of days have been some of the toughest days for me. And I truly think that God has made them so difficult because I began straying away from Him and His word."
Savannah continued, "As soon as I hit the guardrail my airbags came out and because of the airbags and seatbelt the injuries weren't near as bad as they could have been. But what I do remember is going in and out of consciousness screaming for help and cars just continued to pass. It felt like I had been laying there for at least twenty minutes begging for help."
The reality TV star revealed that one man finally stopped, ran over to her and called the police.
"Thank you to the amazing man that stopped and helped me as everyone else was passing. I have no idea who you are but thank you... I could never repay you for your act of kindness. Also... to all of you hurtful people that are saying that I deserved it and got what was coming for me... you need Jesus and I'll help by praying for you," Savannah explained.
"And to all of those who are being supportive... I thank you very much. It means the world. The next month or so I will be recovering from a broken vertebrae which has caused numbness in my hands and fingers and pain all throughout my neck, back, and shoulders. While recovering physically I'm going to take time to recover spiritually and mentally as well."
Savannah concluded, "I want to be the best version of myself possible and that will happen. We all make mistakes... all that matters is how we learn and grow from them. I truly believe that God has used this situation to open my eyes to what is truly important in life and to put my focus back on Him in order to live the right life and be unbelievably happy. So right now I just want to say thank you again... love you all."