After hearing his story on the local news, Vanessa Peebles, a stranger to Whitehead, gave the young student her 1990 Cadillac.
From Huffington Post:
Branden Whitehead, a 20-year-old college student, was walking home from school last month when he was struck and critically injured in a hit and run accident, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported. The West Georgia Technical College student walks 15 miles to and from school, carrying a heavy bag of books--the trek takes four and a half hours.
In the accident, Whitehead suffered cuts, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Police are still investigating.
Vanessa Peebles saw Whitehead's story on the news, and knew she had to do something.
"The thought of my kid walking, I don't even want to think about it. So I said nope, that's it," Peebles told Fox 5.
Peebles decided to give Whitehead her 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood. The commute will now only take the student 15 minutes.
The car, which needs some work but is generally in good condition, comes with only one caveat, Peebles said. He has to stay in school. "I want to see you a surgeon one day," she told the surgical tech in training, in an emotional interview aired on Fox this weekend.
This story has major "WOW"'s going on: A woman gives a stranger her car. A young man is critically injured in a hit-and-run accident. But the biggest, for me, is the fact that this guy wakes up and actually walks 15 miles to school. Stays on campus for however long (getting educated). Then makes the long walk back home. It's not clear if her does this daily or every other day or what... Even if he makes that trip just once a week, that's enough for me to hang my head in shame.
I spoke to a friend earlier about how inspirational this story is. We both agreed that neither of us would be attending school if we had to walk 15 miles to get there. (And another 15 to get back???--Forget it!!) I'm sure that every last person that reads this post feel just as we do. It's amazing how blessed we all are and how little we care to use ourselves and our lives to the greatest potential possible. This man is true testament to, "As long as you have working legs and feet, you got transportation." Do you know, I don't even walk to the corner store?! That is just lazy. If I had drive (no pun intended) like Whitehead, I wonder: Where would I be?