“A Second Later,” Former AU Student Shares Story With Others After Serious Car Accident
Molly Welch was an Auburn University student before her life changed in February 2008.
She got into a terrible car accident because she took her eyes off the road for a second to listen to an interview on her recorder.
But, now Molly is using her story to help others.
Welch had an exciting future in front of her.
Growing up near Atlanta, she visited Auburn one time and fell in love with the school, even though no one in her family attended the college.
“Coming down here you felt like you were coming home,” said Welch.
She started her freshman year in 2005 and decided to study journalism.
She was excited when she found out that she would be a reporter for the Auburn Plainsman her sophomore year and worked for the paper in her junior year as well.
Welch was on her way back to school visiting a friend one weekend near her hometown when her life changed in a second.
“I was a junior and I just got a job at the school newspaper and I taken some interviews on my recorder I had and I went home for a brief weekend to visit a friend and I was coming back to campus and I was one exit from campus and I think I was listening back to the recorders and I went clear across the median and hit a pickup truck and as a result I injured my brain,” said Welch.
The 21-year-old was in a coma for three weeks.
“I had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, shower and do everything again and even think,” said Welch.
But, Welch didn’t want to dwell on her tragedy.
She wanted to turn it into something to help others.
With some help, she created a public service announcement called “A Second Later” to promote the message of the dangers of distracted driving.
She’s now talked to more than 20 schools and will start spreading her story in churches as well.
“I’ve had several kids come up crying to me and telling me their loved ones who got hurt in a car wreck or they come up and hug me. It’s so impactful,” said Welch.
She hopes her story can show that even taking your eyes off the road for one second can change your life forever.
“If I can save one life, all my handwork that I’ve had to go through will be worth it,” said Welch.
Welch is working with legislators in Atlanta to create a higher penalty for distracted driving and working toward a hands free law.
She also has also gone to schools and participated in mock crash scenarios to show students how serious traffic accidents can be.
If you would like Molly to come talk to your school or church email her at ASecondLaterMedia@gmail.com
or message her on Facebook or Twitter at ASecondLater.