Arika Stovall and Hunter Hanks are two people lucky to be alive today. The names of Arika Stovall and Hunter Hanks have gone viral, but not just as a couple surviving a Tennessee highway crash. The couple is seen in a picture that says more than 1,000 words.
According to Cubiclane on January 9, Stovall and Hanks were traveling down a Tennessee highway on January 1, when the truck they were riding in hit a concrete barrier. The two were transported to Vanderbilt University Hospital and what happened there is what has grabbed the nation’s attention.
Savannah Gaines, who is the couple’s close friend, snapped a picture of Stovall and Hanks at the moment they were reunited in the hospital. Stovall, who is a graphic arts student is in awe that the two even survived that crash.
Gaines describes the couple as very much in love, reports the Daily Mail. She describes the reaction between Stovall and Hunter when they first laid eyes on one another after the accident. Gaines writes:
“It was amazing when they saw each other. I know them both and they love each other so much. They are blessed to get away like that. ”
Stovall took the picture that Gaines snapped and posted it to Facebook with words of inspiration. Her picture and caption have gone viral, which is something that Stovall never expected.
The picture is seen above and it is amazing, showing a vast array of emotions as Hunter leans over Stovall in her hospital bed. As you can see, both are still in neck braces. Stovall’s caption reads:
“Three seconds. That’s how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pillar at 85mph. In three seconds Hunter had to handle a situation that would either kill us immediately or save our lives.”
It was that gaze in the eyes of Stovall and Hanks that their friend captured in that snapshot that has pushed this picture to viral status, suggests CNN News. This is what love looks like!
Hanks said he didn’t care about himself, all he cared about was Arika and he had to see for himself that she was alright. The two had been traveling from Jacksonville, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee, at a speed of between 70 and 75mph in his Toyota Tundra. They hit the bridge support on an interstate in Murfreesboro, according to Hank’s description.
Two days later the couple stood in front of their wrecked Tundra, which is unrecognizable. After seeing the twisted wreckage, most would agree their lack of serious injuries in this crash was miraculous. Stovall writes:
“Here is the miracle part: no broken bones, concussions that lasted not even 24 hours, no internal damage, and just a few stitches in my knee and hunters face.”
Stovall is stunned that this picture has been seen by almost 100,000 people so far. She had no idea it would take the Internet by storm. In a world where gore and evil draws in the curiosity, it is a breath of fresh air to see something so simplistic as a gaze that expresses love between two people become such a hit.