Updated 01/23/2013 06:03 PM
Former Medic stresses importance of 'Move Over Law' 10 years after accident
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CHARLOTTE -- A former medic is stressing the importance of the Move Over Law 10 years after an accident nearly claimed his life.
Tim Hayes reunited Wednesday with the medics who saved his life.
"Ten years ago today, I had the privilege of getting out of my bed and coming to work a medic," said Hayes from a podium at Medic headquarters in Charlotte.
While working a minor two-car accident on the side of the interstate, Hayes was struck by a tractor-trailer, two SUVs and his own truck.
"I kind of got sandwiched with all of them and I was drug 60 feet down the guardrail and that's when my body and my legs separated from each other then I flew another 25 feet over the guard rail," said Hayes.
Hayes survived, losing both of his legs from his knees down. On Wednesday, he thanked his colleagues who saved him.
"I'm screaming 'Tim, move, move' and I dive over the guardrail and at this time it's the most horrific thing I ever saw," said Bobby Suarez, who was Hayes’ partner that day.
Suarez has since retired because of the accident. He said good has come from it for Hayes.
"He didn't make this a negative in his life, he made this a positive," said Suarez.
Hayes is a motivational speaker and raises awareness for the Move Over Law, which states drivers must move over at least one lane and slow down when a vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. A violation that can be a felony if someone is killed or seriously injured.
Hayes said he's feels fortunate he can spread that message today.
Gov. Pat McCrory declared Wednesday Move Over Day. NCDOT is also displaying Move Over Law messages on digital billboards through Jan. 27 on Interstates 77 and 85.