ONLY ON WSFA 12 NEWS: Crash survivor speaks

Hannah Childs, 16, survived a one vehicle crash.
Hannah Childs, 16, survived a one vehicle crash.
Justin Miller, 18, died in the wreck.
Justin Miller, 18, died in the wreck.

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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Hannah Childs, 16, is lucky to be alive.

She and Justin Mills, 18, were lying in the back of a pickup truck--riding down Pike County Road 7752--when the teen driving the truck lost control.

"The whole car skidded, and it flipped over, and we fell out of the car, and it flipped back over."

The driver is fine.  Hannah escaped with only a leg wound, but mills, Childs' boyfriend, didn't make it.

"He was very smart, loving. He was the best friend I ever had," Childs said.

At Charles Henderson High School, students and teachers coped with the news.  Many students wore stickers in honor of Mills.

"He was very cool and energetic and always made everyone laugh," said freshman Brandi McInnis.

Mills spent much of his time in the school's band room, on the football field, and with the JROTC rifle team.

He even pitched an idea for a school Bible study class with the principal just last week.

"They brought in a flyer and said, 'This is something that we want to do to acknowledge our belief in God and to share our faith with other students,'" said Dr. Kathy Murphy, CHHS' principal.

While students remember the teen, Hannah Childs takes comfort in the presence of friends, but she can't help but think about the future now broken by fate.

"He asked me to marry him. Over the summer, I said, 'yes.' He was going to be a preacher, and I was going to be a preacher's wife," Childs explained.

Visitation for Justin Mills is Wednesday, and the funeral service is Thursday at Green Hills Funeral Home.

The funeral will start at 4:00PM to allow students to attend.

School administrators say six students will serve as pallbearers for their fallen friend.

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