A Pierce County family is holding on to hope as a teenager fights for his life after a horrific crash.
“He’s an awesome kid. He’s the kind of kid that just lights up the room when he comes in,” said Shawnna Sparks as she described her stepson, Lorenzo Sparks.
She also called him a fighter.
“He has a very long road ahead of him but we are seeing signs of progress and him getting stronger,” Sparks said.
Lorenzo is 18 and a senior at Challenger High School.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said it appears Lorenzo may have been running late to school, driving fast, and didn’t see a garbage truck backing out of a driveway. He hit it so hard, he pushed the truck 4 feet. Looking at the mangled mess, it’s incredible he survived – thanks to an Army Ranger who was in the right place at the right time.