Fred Vela of Olmito was in a truck with his brother and brother-in-law coming back from working in Laguna Vista when 18-year-old Norma Castillo Olguin veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 100 slamming into their vehicle.
"I remember the car coming at us. Then it was dark and I couldn't breathe."
Vela had broken several bones.
"I had broken thumbs, broken ribs, collapsed lung, bruised heart, and a broken leg."
The pain he suffered was nothing compared to what he was about to endure.
"I thought since they hospitalized me in San Antonio that I was worst off. Then I found out that it was him."
Vela's brother Gabriel Vela didn't survive the accident neither did the young woman who crashed into them.
"That makes me very sad too. My condolences to her family."
DPS first believed Norma had been texting, but just confirmed with Action 4 that there is no proof of that. They say it's unknown why she drove into Vela's path.
" I don't blame anyone for what happened. I'm sure if someone had made a different decision the outcome would have been different, but I don't blame her."
After weeks in the hospital and even more time in a rehab facility, Vela is back home and thriving.
He's still unable to walk on his own, but says support from his family and community has given him the will to recover quickly.
His heart remains broken from the loss of his brother, but his spirit is healing.
"I can't wait to get better so I can start riding horse again."