Picking up the pieces following vehicle accidents

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

“We were coming back from our annual trip. We rent a house every other year to go to the beach, outlet shopping and to play some games,” Southard said as her voice cracked during a telephone interview. “We had a good morning, went to the beach and had lunch at a place near Seagrove. When we were headed home is when it happened.”

Southard can remember screaming as she saw Alford’s Jeep turn left. She remembers Frohe yelling about the pain in her leg and the witnesses who came to the car and told her everything would be OK.

Her memory fades after that. Southard was in the hospital for more than a month with six broken ribs, a punctured lung, internal bleeding and bruising over her entire body.

Frohe is still in the hospital. Southard said doctors are considering amputating her leg, but no decision has been made.

Today, Southard says she goes through physical therapy almost daily. She hurts every day, but on cold days it’s worse.

Alford was given six months’ probation.

Southard is talking with a lawyer in the hopes of getting her payments straightened out.

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