High school football player survives horrific wreck

Michael Carvell

Michael Carvell

Flowers survived a death-defying car wreck while returning from his team’s camp at Jekyll Island this past weekend. He was a passenger with two other family members in a vehicle that flipped over four times on Interstate 16 and ejected Flowers through the front window.

Doctors thought Flowers might have suffered severe damage to his lungs, and he was rushed to a trauma center in Savannah. His mother and younger sister were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital in Statesboro. All three were released from the hospital the next day.

Football has served as therapy this week for Druid Hills High School senior Alexander Flowers.

Thomas Flowers, an assistant coach at Druid Hills, said his son had only one thing on his mind when first saw him. “His very first thought was ‘I still want to play football this year,’ ” he said. “Those were the first words out of his mouth.”

Alexander has bruised lungs, muscle damage in his left leg, a sore back, and lots of bumps and bruises. Yet he has been showing up with his father at youth football camp at Druid Hills this week.

“I wake up every day happy, knowing that I get to go back to football,” Flowers said. “It won’t be long, maybe a week or so, until I get to go back to something I love.”

The elder Flowers was driving a truck loaded with football equipment about an hour ahead of the rest of his family. After getting a message about the accident, he was in tears when he approached the scene.

“God looked after my family,” he said. “A parent’s worst fear is to have to bury your children. The vehicle was destroyed … for all of them to walk away and be OK is truly a miracle. God let me keep my family that day.”

5 comments Add your comment


July 24th, 2009
9:32 am

WHEN will people learn to wear seat belts? If he had been wearing a seatbelt, he wouldn’t gave been ejected through the front window. And really, what kind of mother is OK with her kid sitting in the front seat without a seatbelt? Stupid stupid stupid.


August 1st, 2009
9:43 pm

Mary, provide empirical evidence that seatbelts save lives. Empirical evidence does not include laws, commercials or slogans. Whenever I see or hear someone as condescending as yourself, I think of the following:



October 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

Umm, I know this is old news but I know him and he WAS wearing a seatbelt. It broke and he went through the window. Don’t rush to conclusions.


November 14th, 2009
1:48 pm

hey mary u idiot that is my ex bf he was wearing a seatbelt it broke in the accident i am a sophmore / junior at druidhills and i will say that alex flowers is the coolest smartest person i know and if u dare to think that he did something stupid with his sister and mother in the car well then u are stupid alex is the best football player we have. we used to lose everygame and when he came we started winning he made me so happy when we where dating. even tho he dumped me over txting the day before my 16th birthday i will always stand up for him because it is not his fault that he got hurt so bad this was tragic for him and his family and me and all his friends and his current gf there is proof that seatbelts will break at times in a wreck and i suggest u learn more about what can happen before you go saying stupid stuff that not only offended me but offended him and all his friends and family


November 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

now i know i shouldnt have said anything about him dumping me over txt but i will stand up for my friend and for your imformation like friend said dont rush to conclusions