Post Crash Photo Goes Viral: Who Is The Couple Behind The Story?

Blair Nicole - Author

Jan. 10 2016, Updated 4:28 p.m. ET

It’s the post-crash photo shared ’round the world. Something that’s considered a worst fear for most of us became a reality for Arika Stovall and Hunter Hanks on New Years Day; a horrific car crash. But the car crash that should have killed them quickly became a source of inspiration for the couple, along with thousands of people worldwide.

So, who is this couple in the famous post-crash photo? According to CNN,Arika Stovall and Hunter Hanks are a young couple from Nashville, Tennessee. They were traveling back home to Nashville on January 1 when their Toyota Tundra struck a bridge support.

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According to Stovall’s Facebook page, she is a graphic art designer and sales associate at Title Boxing Club in Nashville. Hanks’ Facebook page doesn’t list an occupation, but it shows his hometown is Macclenny, Florida. They are both students at Lipscomb University.

Fox San Diego reports that the couple was traveling over 85 miles per hour and should have been killed. Miraculously, both of them survived without more than a few minor injuries. But the wreckage isn’t what went viral. It’s the Facebook post Stovall made on January 3 to update her family and friends about the accident.

In the post, she shared a touching photo of her and Hanks the first time they were finally able to see each other after the accident. Her Facebook post began, “Three seconds. That’s how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pillar at 85 mph…We’re so grateful for this wreck and all it will do in our lives.”


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