Horrific crash changes life of man, 18, in a split second
A TOOWOOMBA man's outlook on life has been "reset" after a dramatic crash.
The last thing Jakob Davies remembers was driving at the intersection of Gowrie Junction and Ganzers Rds.
The next thing he knew he was lying on the grass with blood dripping from his nose.
Mr Davies, 18, doesn't remember how his 1999 Lancer ended up on its roof.
He woke up again in a hospital bed, with doctors telling him he was about to go into surgery.
His wounds were so severe he was told the crash should have been fatal.
Two lacerations in his head required staples, three in the first and 21 in the second.
He also had a puncture wound in his knee which required two staples.
Mr Davies has three fractures in his pelvis and two cracked ribs.
The damage to his car was so extensive that police are yet to retrieve his valuables including his wallet with bank cards and driver's licence.
A witness described the crash as "bad" and said the intersection was a mess afterwards.
"They were cleaning it up after 6am and the tow truck driver was preparing to load up the vehicle.
"It was on its roof and in bad shape."
Mr Davies said the crash had changed his life.
"I've taken it as a new beginning, but not one I asked for," he said.
"I'm starting everything from scratch."
He likened it to a video game.
"It's like I said I'll start again and I forgot to save the game."
Mr Davies had been working as a barista but has been left unable to work.
He wants people to be aware of how a car crash could change their lives.
He urged other drivers to be careful on the roads.
"A car accident is a life-altering experience," he said.
His main focus is now to try and obtain funds to recover and afford everyday expenses.
He's planning to attend Centrelink to get emergency assistance.
A friend started a crowd-funding page to assist with his expenses which is at gofundme.com/2tegdxw.
One friend, Makayla McGuire, visited him in hospital every day after the crash, which Mr Davies said helped a lot.
Toowoomba police shift supervisor Sergeant Greg Wheeler said investigations into the crash were continuing.
"The incident is being investigated by the Toowoomba Forensic Crash Unit," he said.