Man makes remarkable recovery after horrific Highway 90 crash

Calvin Mosley, 40, anxious to get back to work

SAN ANTONIO – If pictures tell a story, the images of Calvin Mosley and his car last November paint a bleak tale.

The 40-year-old far West Side resident was on his way to work on an early morning Nov. 9, driving through a heavy downpour, when he hydroplaned across Highway 90 and careened into one of the most difficult times of his life.

Mosley’s compact car hit a guardrail and was split in two lengthwise. The half with him still inside then plunged off the elevated highway and landed 40 feet below the overpass.

Somehow, he survived.

"I was lying on the pavement outside the vehicle and I looked. I could see the vehicle upside down. I could look up and see the other half," Mosley said.

Mosley quickly realized that his body was broken. He suffered two big gashes on the back of his head, broken ribs and a broken pelvis.

“A collapsed lung, my spleen was compromised, bruised liver, kidney," he said, ticking off his many injuries.

None of it, though, ever broke his spirit. He said he remained hopeful throughout the ordeal.

"I always felt that I was going to make a full recovery,” Mosley said. "The doctor told (my girlfriend) I was probably always going to have a limp, or that I wasn't going to be able to do some of the stuff that I used to do. And I told her, 'Nah.”

Less than six months later, Mosley has made a nearly complete recovery. He said the only telltale sign of what happened are the scars still on his head.

Mosley admits that most of his strength to withstand the agonizing pain and countless surgeries he underwent came from the support of his loved ones, including his longtime girlfriend, Cassandra Colon.

"We have two different perspectives of everything, because it was happening to him, but we were on the outside looking in," Colon said.

She said while Mosley's main concern after the accident was getting back on his feet, she and other family members worried and wondered if he’d even survive.

After weeks of rehabilitation, Mosley has learned to walk again and is now anxious to get back to work. He said he is grateful that his employer, Goodwill Industries, held his job open for him.

The couple said they still face one monumental hurdle — tens of thousands of dollars in hospital bills. Family members set up a crowdfunding account to help them out.

In the meantime, they choose to focus on the positive things in their life, such as life itself.

"You start realizing that a lot of little things that you thought were important, they weren't important anymore,” Colon said.


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