Augusta County couple get back together after motorcycle accident

Augusta County couple get back together after motorcycle accident
Augusta County couple get back together after motorcycle accident

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) — Andrew and Kristy Mackenzie met in 1984.

“Oh my God, when I saw it, I just had this feeling. The way he looked at me and the way I looked at him, it was just amazing,” Kristy Mackenzie explained.

In 1985 they were married. For several decades, the two traveled the world, had children and grandchildren. They eventually settled in Augusta County.

“We are together, we are a package deal. If I’m somewhere, he’s with me. If he’s somewhere, I’m with him. Very rarely are we not together,” Kristy said.

This year, on Father’s Day, the family got together for a barbecue at their daughter’s house in Grottoes. The Mackenzies got on their motorbike to go home.

“When we turned to come to Weyers Cave. As soon as we hit that road and waved at our daughter and granddaughter, that’s the last thing I remember,” Kristy said.

The couple collided with a vehicle.

“A car had run a stop sign,” Andrew said. “I don’t remember any of the wreckage, but I understand it was high speed. It could have been a blessing because the car came out in front of us and we hit it right on the side. “

Andrew and Kristy suffered serious injuries.

“My hip was a huge factor. I had seven broken ribs. I had a broken shoulder blade and a mild concussion, there were so many little things you wouldn’t have known. [My] the lung was also deflated,” Kristy explained.

“I had a broken nose, concussion, head bleed, broke my left shoulder blade. I broke four ribs on the left side. My lung collapsed. My pelvis was broken, internal bleeding there. My back vertebra T13 and T11 which is the vertebra on the side,” Andrew said.

Andrew had to be airlifted to UVA and one of the scariest parts of the whole experience, when Andrew woke up he thought it was 1993.

“It was so scary because when I could walk into his room he was looking at me but the way he was looking at me it was like he was looking right through me,” Kristy said.

His memory eventually returned and the two embarked on a journey of recovery. Kristy says that when they were finally able to share a room in the hospital, things started to improve.

“It was amazing because within 24 hours he was asking our daughter to bring her wallet. I hadn’t thought of that at all. He asked for a mooch, that’s how he asks for a kiss. When he asked that, I knew I would get it back. He was there and it really progressed from there,” Kristy said. “I told them that if he put himself in the same room as me, it would happen. “

Over the summer and with the help of their children, neighboring grandchildren and the community, the Mackenzies returned home to recover together. Andrew returned to work within months, even training for the annual Rocktown Turkey Trot in Harrisonburg.

“It’s part of my recovery process. I used to run them before, so I hope to come back. I feel great, beautiful morning, couldn’t ask for anything better,” Andrew said before running the race on Thursday.

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