MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A man who was the victim of a wrong way crash on a valley freeway is telling his story tonight.
Kipp Nichols is still recovering and says that day changed his life.
"I'm incredibly lucky to be alive for sure," Nichols said.
He's alive and well today, but the 25-year-old understands how different things could have been on that dark early morning of March 19.
"I'd be dead," Nichols said.
On any other night, Nichols would have been riding on his motorcycle. But on that night, he was lucky to be in a car when he was hit head on by a woman who was driving the wrong way on the Loop 202.
He remembers little to nothing.
"All I remember is driving down the freeway and then I remember being upside down and getting pulled out of my car," Nichols said.
Nichols was the survivor, but 25-year-old Angela Guiterrez who was driving the wrong way was killed.
"It sucks that someone died, but it was their own fault so I'm not broken up about it," Nichols said.
Since then, life has been nothing but normal.
"Two surgeries. One on my femur, one on my hip," Nichols said.
He is out of work and unable to do what he loves, which is ride with his brothers.
"I miss it a lot," Nichols said.
But on Sunday, he was surrounded by them and reminded even more that when the clouds are around, the light of a bond stays strong.
"My brothers in my motorcycle club have been the reason why I've been in such high spirits," Nichols said.
Dozels of them pulled together to make sure Nichols has the support and means to continue his recovery.
"Pull together as a family, as one big unit and help each other out and take care of each other," said his friend.
And also bring awareness to the widespread issue here in the valley that Nichols found himself falling victim to: wrong-way crashes.
"That's a pretty big issue right now, not even just on the freeways, but on side streets. Especially in the motorcycle community cause we don't get seen that often," said his friend.
Fundraiser for Kipp Nichols who was in a wrong way accident on the 202 his motorcycle family is hoping to raise money to help him heal and get back on his bike with a party, bike/car wash and raffle. Were at 4810 e McLellips Mesa az #fox10phoenix #motorcycle @StefaniaFOX10 at 5pm pic.twitter.com/Z9LUelPj5i— Levi The Photog (@LeviP_fox10) May 6, 2018