She says she’s lucky to be alive.
Shaylene Wilson, 22, walked away with just cuts and bruises after her boyfriend allegedly drove the passenger side of the car into a semi early New Year’s Day.
Now, she wants victims of domestic violence to hear her story to escape the cycle of violence.
Wilson says the two had just finished ringing in the New Year at Nectar Nightclub. She said they had a fun night together. Until they started arguing.
She says he picked her up, carried her to her car and started driving.
Police say the suspect started assaulting the victim in the vehicle.
“I knew I was going to die. I had no doubt in my mind I was dying,” Wilson said.
Police allege the suspect then drove the car into a parked semi, passenger side first. He fled the vehicle. She was left inside the totaled car, screaming for help.
“I just remember repeating over and over, ‘I can move my feet, I can move my toes. I’m not paralyzed. I can move’,” she said.
She believes her seatbelt saved her life.
“I put my seatbelt on probably two minutes before the crash. Intuition, I guess,” she said.
Wilson is sore, but recovering now at her mother’s house.
But she says she learned a hard lesson.
Court documents show the suspect was charged with assaulting her four times in the fall. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
One of his bail conditions was not to have any contact with her. But she says she took him back a couple of weeks later.
“You want to think that things can get better. You’re blinded by love,” she said.
Now Wilson is encouraging others not to stay in an abusive relationship.
“We can’t keep waiting for it to get worse before you leave. Because it doesn’t get better,” she said.
Christopher Rutherford, 31, is facing numerous charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping.
(Photos used with permission from Shaylene Wilson’s Facebook page.)