Rarely do I get happy stories on the crime beat, but this is one of the happiest, and a wonderful reminder how caring and generous people can be.
Christina was driving south on Highway 75 when another driver rammed her van repeatedly from behind until it went careening off the road, flipping as it went.
When we first met Christina, just days after the crash, she was badly injured and her van - her family's only form of transportation - was a total loss. She survived, but was worried about paying her bills since she couldn't work as a housekeeper while she recovered. Generous viewers responded.
Looking at the damage, she was thankful to be alive and thankful her children hadn't been with her. But as a single mother, she was worried about keeping her home and paying her bills since she didn't know how long she'd be out of work.
Police arrested Elrico Ackerson. His passengers told officers he was high on formaldehyde and started driving crazy, slamming into Christina, even chasing her down the highway for no reason.
Many people were touched by what happened to Christina and wanted to help. First, Hudiburg Chevrolet and J and M Roofing from Oklahoma City donated a 2007 Chevy van.
Christina: "It probably has A/C for summertime."
Lori Fullbright, News On 6: "It probably does have A/C, I'm guessing."
Christina hasn't had air conditioning in a vehicle in 18 years and never dreamed she'd own a vehicle with a DVD system for her two kids.
There were also Christmas presents for her son and daughter and much more.
Lori Fullbright, News On 6: "In addition to the van, because of all these folks here, your tag, title and tax is paid for; your utility bills are paid for; your monthly mortgage for the next two months is paid for; your insurance is paid for a year. So you don't have to worry about that for a year and a little extra, there's a gas card for $300 and a grocery card as well."
"Thank you very much," Christina said.
Christina was overwhelmed and said this was the most amazing thing that's ever happened.
It takes a lot of people to make something like this happen, so we'd like to thank Hudiburg Chevrolet, J & M Roofing, Sooner Emergency Service, Tulsa Gold and Gems, Wheeler Metal, Goodman and Associates, Premier Homes, Duvall Electric, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, Leon Hershberger, the Thurmans, the Josephs and others who asked to remain anonymous.
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