'Lucky' USU student grateful for strangers who risked lives for him

Published: Thursday, Sept. 15 2011 4:31 p.m. MDT

It helped that Wright didn't sustain any major injuries to his head, though he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Wright said he usually wears a helmet, but didn't on the day of the crash because he was only traveling three or four miles. In the future, he promised that will change.

Wright's positive, motivated attitude is expected to aid in his recovery, White said. The accident has given the man a renewed outlook on life. 

"I've always thought that life is extremely precious, but this experience makes it that much more precious," he said. "I should have died several times, but I didn't for some reason."

Wright said he plans to live every day like it's his last. He plans on buying another motorcycle when he is well. He cried when he saw his mangled bike in the roadway.

"It's kind of ridiculous to say, but I did," he said.

As for his advice to other motorcyclists: "Ride like you're invisible, wear a helmet and keep the shiny side up."

And while he's eager to get back on the bike, return to school and participate in humanitarian work, more than anything he wants to thank the people who risked their lives for his own. Religious or not, they gave Wright "a miracle."

"I'm forever in debt to them," he said. "I can't thank them enough."

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