BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – A Battle Ground teen was happier than most kids to be back to school Tuesday, because last year he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to walk into class.
Justin Carey was seriously injured in a crash last June. He was hit by a car while waiting for the school bus.
The impact of the crash sent him flying into a ditch and he laid there for 90-minutes before someone heard him calling for help.
A tow truck driver found Carey and got help, but the teen still lost his right leg due to the crash.
He went through rehabilitation over the summer and on Monday, tried on his new prosthetic leg for the first time.
His family said it’s been amazing to watch his recovery.
“I'm very proud of him. He's a good kid. He has a lot of determination and he has courage. I'm proud of him. He'll do great things,” his mom told KGW.
The prosthetic should be ready for Carey to use at school in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, the teen said he plans to focus on his grades and making the shooting team for the Reserve Officer Training Corp. But most of all, he’s excited about getting his driver's license this year.