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Survivor in deadly motorcycle crash speaks out, reunites with Good Samaritan

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Life changes. For Abby McCormick, it only took a second.

"We were leaving Nashville to come home," McCormick said. "After that, I don't remember anything."

McCormick and her fiance, Eric Knight, were riding a motorcycle on I-65N on July 5 – headed home after a vacation. Officers said a truck driver, Gregory Crabtree Jr., had stepped out of his vehicle to pick up tire tread in the road.

"I remember someone stepping out in front of us, maybe," McCormick said.

The couple crashed into Crabtree, then went airborne. Another vehicle hit Knight, 34. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Crabtree was transported to Skyline Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time.

Sonya Kurichh was driving to the movies when she came upon the collision. First on the scene, the military doctor jumped to help Knight, McCormick and Crabtree.

McCormick said it made the difference between life and death.

"In the heat of a moment, a lot of people don't react that way and she did," McCormick said. "And if she wouldn't have, I'm sure I would have bled out right then and there on the highway."

McCormick stayed in the hospital for two weeks, undergoing an amputation and numerous surgeries. She said the pain of losing her leg pales in comparison to losing Knight.

"They had to tell me a couple of times," she said. "They just kept saying, ‘He's gone, he's gone.'"

Unable to attend Knight's funeral, McCormick missed out on saying goodbye. But then, she started focusing on a 'hello.' Still in the hospital, McCormick began searching for the good Samaritan.

"I kind of just want to give her a big hug and say thank you," McCormick said.

She got that chance on Sunday. Sonya Kurichh visited McCormick and her family at their home in Gallatin.

"God planted her there," said Jim Bradley, McCormick's grandfather. "God knows all, and He gives help to ones who need it."

While McCormick may be bruised and hurting, there's still one thing she can do: kiss her daughter. That alone motivates her to heal.

"I got a long road ahead of me, but God wanted me here for something," she said.

Friends have set up a fund to help McCormick pay for her medical bills. To donate, visit this site. A motorcycle ride on Sept. 6 will also aim to raise money for McCormick. For more information, click here.

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