Critically Injured Longboarder Hit by Car Befriends Driver


Thirteen months ago, Lexi Hansen was longboarding to the BYU campus when she got hit by a car, rushed to the hospital, and given a one percent chance of survival.

A video published to YouTube earlier this week tells both Lexi’s story and the story of Karson Pasker, the driver, and their road to friendship. In the video, posted above, Pasker explains the accident, saying,

When the accident happened there were just so many emotions that came over me. I was physically sick after the accident… I was obviously just very, very concerned for Lexi.

The day after the accident occurred, Hansen’s mother reached out to Pasker to comfort him and make sure he knew that there were no hard feelings, it was an accident. Pasker visited Hansen in the hospital multiple times as she was recovering from her traumatic brain injury and the two of them have become great friends.

Although doctors believed Hansen was a hopeless cause due to her injuries being too deep in the brain, the young college student defied all odds and made a full recovery. Just six months after the accident, Hansen received a call to serve as a missionary in Iowa for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hansen entered the Missionary Training Center on December 31, 2014.

Updates on her service as a missionary are posted to the Pray for Lexi Facebook page.

Kylie is a writer at and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.