"I took my eyes off the road for a second or two, and I didn't hit the brake at all," Chance Bothe said. "I just flew off that sucker."
The 30-foot fall that followed on that fateful January day should have killed the 22-year-old college student.
"It's like somebody took a gallon of red paint and threw blood everywhere," Chance's dad, Bobby Bothe, said.
Almost every bone in Chance's body was broken.
"My engine flew up and was in my lap," Chance said.
"Coded three times and they told us he wouldn't live," Bobby said. "One time, they did surgery and said he'll be blind."
It was all because Chance was having a text argument with a friend while driving to college.
"I don't remember what we were arguing about; it doesn't matter," Chance said. "All that matters is I got really injured."
Chance spent months going through rehab at TIRR Memorial Herman and there's even more rehab in his future.
"It's going to be tough and he knows it, but that's the hand we were dealt and that's what we're going to do and we're going to deal with it," Bobby said.
The reason for Chance's second chance could be as simple as this.
"Don't text message and drive or you'll be in the same situation I'm in, and that's not good," Chance said.