OSU Homecoming Crash Survivors Honored

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 10:57 pm
By: News 9

It’s been more than six months since the tragedy at the OSU homecoming parade.

In that time though, several survivors have recovered from life-threatening injuries and have even formed some new friendships.

Leo Schmitz does not remember how he got to OU Medical Center.

"I was watching a parade, and the next thing I know, I woke up in a hospital three months later,” Schmitz said.

He has fond memories of how the staff at OU Medical's Trauma Center saved his life.

“They had to work on me quite a bit because I was such a mess when I showed up there,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz suffered massive head and leg injuries while watching the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

Investigators said Adacia Chambers plowed her car into an unmanned police motorcycle and then smashed into the crowd.

Schmitz's body took the brunt of the impact and shielded 6-year-old Hadley Wyatt from more serious injuries.

“My body grabbed her body and pulled her out of the way and we were lifted up and thrown down the street and they found her laying next to me,” he said.

Both were flown to OU Medical Center, and, through their recovery, became fast friends.

“She told me that I was her lifesaver and I really appreciate everything that she has done for me because this reminds me of her so much. It almost makes me want to cry,” Schmitz said.

Tears of joy because he and his new found friend were honored by OU Medical Center alongside other survivors, doctors, nurses and first responders for their recoveries and acts of compassion in the face of tragedy

Schmitz said those who saved his life deserve all of the credit.

Schmitz and his wife said they hope to take little Hadley to an OSU game when everyone is well.