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Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) South Carolina Senator joined the Guy Benson Show to discuss his new book America, a Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity where he details his upbringing and how an auto accident as a young boy profoundly changed the trajectory in his life.
Senator Scott explained how his near-death experience changed the trajectory of his life by saying,
“Well, one of the more painful stories that led to my promise was the truth of my car accident. So imagine, if you will, guy, a 16 year old driving down the road at 6:30 in the morning. 30 minute drive. Just drop your mom off from work. You’re sleepy because she woke you up right before you got in the car. And the next thing you know, at 70 miles an hour, you’re driving eastbound on the interstate, fall asleep for about 15 seconds. You wake up in a panic, you slam the brakes and jerk the steering wheel, which causes the car, not just skid, but to flip into oncoming traffic literally through both east east lay east lane and into the median up in the air. I go through the windshield, holding on to the steering wheel, yelling or hope. It sounds like jeasues was coming back in the car, finishing this amazing ride westbound in a ditch. Glass, my blood everywhere. And literally surviving that car accident changed the way I saw the world and changed the way I saw myself.”
Senator Scott added,
“The law enforcement, one of the reasons why when you read my book, do you see the chapter honoring the blue it’s because of the amazing response of law enforcement in the midst of an accident back in 1982. They were so gracious, so kind and so encouraging that my mother was going to be so happy I was alive. I did tell them, Guy, you don’t know my momma to gonna kill me. And so literally, I have such great respect for law enforcement, but that pain and miserable experience forged me into a different person. And it led me to understand that life was not about football or about me. That service and faith became more ever present and more important in my life because of that. Had it not been for that accident, I would not be in public service today.”