Church van crash survivor speaks to congregation

Conor Kirke, 14, survived a violent van crash.
Conor Kirke, 14, survived a violent van crash.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The last of a dozen victims hospitalized after a church van crash is getting better by the day.

Conor Kirke, 14, is mending in an Atlanta hospital, well on the way to recovery.

"I'm doing good. I hope y'all are doing good. I'm cool. I'm OK," Kirke said.

In a video message played this weekend for parishioners at First Baptist Church Montgomery, Conor gave his own condition report and assured church members he's getting better.

"I'm so glad y'all are praying for me, and I'm doing a lot better. I feel like this is a dream," Kirke continued.

Conor's memory is still a little fuzzy.  Friends say he can't remember the August 21st crash or what happened afterwards--only waking up in Atlanta.

Stuart Davidson, the driver, who himself shot a video message from a hospital after the crash, drove to Georgia to see Conor and record the clip.

"They've got Conor up and moving around. He's talking. He is himself. He's got personality. He has full range of motion," Davidson said.

As recovery continues, Conor is starting to shine through more and more each day.

"He looked at me with a real curious look. He said, 'Were you there? Were you at the scene?' I said, 'Conor, not only was I at the scene, buddy, I was upside down in that van.  I was driving it.' and he just looked at me with a very blank expression and he goes, 'Well, good job, Stuart!'  Everybody in the room just laughed," Davidson explained.

"Even when bad things happen, God is still good, and God is very good to us."

Kirke will soon transfer to the hospital's outpatient facility for about 6 to 8 weeks.

An account has been set up to help with the Kirke's expenses.  You can donate at Compass Bank.  Just ask about the 'Conor Kirke' fund.

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