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February 21, 2014

Keith: Never give up hope

A tragic car accident changed a Rushville woman’s life drastically. The outcome would give her a new outlook on her future and has allowed her to be an inspiration to many lives.

Darcy (Wilkinson) Keith grew up in Rushville and doesn’t regret growing up in a small town.

“Growing up in a small town really shaped the person I am today,” Keith said. “You know everyone in a small town; it’s more of a community. I live in Bishop now and it’s so different. There are so many more things to do and so many people. They live in a different time and way it seems like. Things are a lot more challenging in a large city. I wouldn’t trade my small town experience for anything, it was wonderful.”

In high school, Keith was a jack-of-all-trades.

“I did many academic activities in high school,” Keith said. “I was in band, swimming, gymnastics, I was in several clubs and I was an exchange student and went to Japan. My senior class voted me as most talented, I guess because I did so many activities,” Keith laughed.

Until 1991, Keith’s life was going well. Keith began to study actuarial science at Ball State University in Muncie. One night changed everything.

Keith was on her way back to campus with four sorority sisters from a function at Morehead State University in Kentucky. In the blink of an eye, their vehicle was hit broadside by a semi truck. Keith, whom was sitting in the backseat, suffered a tragic head injury. Her two sorority sisters beside her were killed instantly. Keith had a long journey recovering and faced memory loss, paralysis and a traumatic brain injury.

“One of my sorority sisters broke her neck and the other was crushed,” Keith said. “Although I suffered from a brain injury, I am thankful. I was life-lined from the scene. The paramedic thought that I had died on the ride to the hospital. I was in a coma.”

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